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Thomas Byrne

Irish lawyer Thomas Byrne faces charges of defrauding $70 million

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Thomas Byrne

Thomas Byrne, the Dublin-based lawyer  who was charged in December with stealing millions from his clients, is now facing 50 additional charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The 45-year-old Dubliner is accused of stealing and defrauding €52 million from financial institutions in the final years of the property boom, according to the Irish Times.

His high-profile case comes after a lengthy investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

On Friday, Byrne was brought before Judge John O'Neill where the court was told he faces 50 additional charges. He has been granted bail and legal aid but has had to surrender his passport. He will appear again before Dublin District Court in four weeks.

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Byrne faces 14 counts of making false instruments, including deeds of transfer and assignments of properties; eight counts of using false instruments; nine charges of deception; and 21 theft charges relating to mortgages on more than 20 private residences across Dublin.

It is alleged he stole €52 million from National Irish Bank, IIB, Irish Nationwide Building Society, EBS, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland from 2004 until September 2007.

Byrne had a practice in Clondalkin, west Dublin, before he was struck off by the Law Society.

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