Major update in GAA star fake cancer scam probe as shock new big money fraud cash total revealed
- Published: 17:06, 23 Mar 2023
- Updated: 17:06, 23 Mar 2023
THE Gardai have been “overwhelmed” with complaints from the public against the GAA legend accused of a fake cancer fraud – with the scam now likely to top the €2MILLION mark.
Many of the victims contacted investigating officers by phone weeks ago but have yet to be interviewed to make a full formal statement because there are so many of them.
It is understood the investigation team have been inundated with complaints from people, many of whom say they lost some of their personal life savings.
All say they gave the player money as a loan and the sums involved range from €5,000 to €200,000.
One man who lost €10,000 said: “ I spoke at length to one of the Gardai involved weeks ago and outlined exactly what happened.
“They still have not come back to me yet to sit down and take a full statement.
“They said it is not their fault and that they have been absolutely overwhelmed with complaints from members of the public who fell for your man’s lies.
“The talk now is that the money involved could hit the €2m mark. It seems as if he was living off this cash for the last decade and not a penny was sent to a hospital in America for cancer treatment.
“The more the Gardai check they are discovering he has no more cancer than the man on the moon.
“It looks like this investigation is now so big it will be a slow process but hopefully the Gardai will get there in the end and justice will be done. However I don’t think we will ever see our money back.”
The legend has been arrested and questioned by Gardai but was released without charge while the top level probe continues. A file at some stage will be going to the DPP.
It is understood he is living with a close relative in a house around his native area and is keeping his head down.
Gardai don’t regard him as a flight risk although the airport authorities have been warned to be on their guard in case he does change his mind and tries to flee the country.
The legend claimed he had cancer and asked people for the money to pay for life changing stem cell treatment in America.
The alarm was raised in the past year when he was away on holidays with his girlfriend and played celebrity golf outings in Ireland when he was supposed to be in the US for treatment.
“When you see great people like the late Vicky Phelan fighting the disease to her last breath and then fellas like this lad trying to make money out of a shocking illness, it really makes me angry and annoyed.