Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Pair face charges relating to alleged million pound bank fraud

Two men are facing charges connected to an alleged million pound bank fraud, it emerged today.

Michael Robin Burns and Trevor McClintock have both been accused of making untrue claims about a law firm holding or controlling large sums of cash connected to loan repayments.

The pair face multiple counts of fraud by false representation against either Loyds TSB, Barclays Bank or Bank of Scotland.

The charges, which relate to periods in 2008 and 2009, include reference of loans of £1,075,000, £510,000 and £300,000.

Preliminary enquiry proceedings against Burns, 49, of Skeagh Road, Dromara, Co Down, and McClintock, 43, of Upper Malone Road, Belfast were due to get underway today.

But neither of the accused appeared in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court as their legal representatives sought an adjournment due to the scale of the case.

McClintock's barrister, Mark Farrell, revealed there were thousands of pages of papers to be studied.

"It's a complex banking-type alleged fraud and there are a lot of financial exhibits, including financial reports," he said.

District judge Fiona Bagnall agreed to adjourn the hearing for five weeks to allow defence teams time to prepare.

"We will take it a step at a time," she said.

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