Major update in former GAA legend’s €1m cancer scam probe as star is arrested by gardai on suspicion of fraud
- Stephen Breen
- Published: 21:43, 22 Feb 2023
- Updated: 22:40, 22 Feb 2023
A FORMER GAA star is being quizzed tonight over an alleged €1 million donations fraud.
The sports star was arrested in the south of the Ireland this morning and is being questioned at a garda station.
He is being held on suspicion of committing acts of fraud and deception.
The Irish Sun can reveal that the man was arrested after leaving a medical facility.
He is being held in the south east of the country and can be held for 24 hours.
It comes after alleged victims went to Gardai with claims that the ex-sports star raised money by deception.
Detectives are probing whether the well-known athlete got cash donations through false pretences.
It has been claimed that the man obtained money by telling people he had a medical condition.
Gardai are probing whether he sought money for treatment which he did not have.
It’s believed he may have been give up to €1 million in donations – though Gardai are still working to put a figure on the suspected scam.
A large number of wealthy business people were reportedly approached.
A number of other people have told Gardai that they were asked for money but did not give any.
And the Irish Sun can reveal that more people are also coming forward to Gardai to make statements in relation to the man.
The garda investigation is being led by a local team of detectives which has also consulted with specialists from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigations.
Statements have been taken from a number of alleged victims and searches have been carried out.
The man was still being detained tonight.
A garda spokesperson said: “Gardai in the Eastern Region have arrested a male in relation to an ongoing investigation into an alleged fraud.”
The GAA legend is being probed after seeking financing help from people under the pretence that he needed cash for cancer care abroad.
A number of people have accused the star of telling them he was suffering from a rare form of the disease and needed money from them to afford treatment.
He is suspected of raising well over €1million in the last decade from people all over the country on the basis that he needed life saving care.
The latest development comes as garda struggled to find evidence that the sportsman was actually suffering from cancer.
It is understood they have been in contact with the authorities in America to check out claims he had treatment at three different hospitals there.
The focus is on one hospital in Seattle that he regularly namechecked.
But detectives are also investigating his medical history here at home to see if he was ever diagnosed with the disease.
The star also allegedly attempted to get donations from wealthy Irish-Americans.