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South Armagh man accused of fraud in relation to cheques totalling close to £15,000

The alleged offences involve cheques totalling well in excess of £10,000

Armagh Magistrates Court

A Mullaghbawn man accused of fraud by false representation allegedly involving cheques totalling well in excess of £10,000 is to face Crown Court proceedings.

The 50-year-old appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry for the purposes of a preliminary enquiry (PE), the legal process during which a case is referred to the higher court.

Adrian Gerard Grant, of Tullymacreeve Road, is charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.

As the charges were read, it was heard that both offences were alleged to have been committed on November 29, 2016.

The defendant is accused of dishonestly making a false representations, namely, that cheques presented by him were a good and payable order for the amount stated.

For both charges a single alleged injured party is named, with the amounts on the cheques noted as £4,360 and £9,375.

Appearing via videolink from his solicitor’s office, Grant made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Defence solicitor Padraig Tiernan made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Bernie Kelly was satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer and the defendant was released on his own bail of £500 to appear before Newry Crown Court on August 24 for arraignment.

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