Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Property fraudster admits to 100 charges

A businessman, already convicted of an international property fraud scam, has pleaded guilty to more than 100 further charges.

At the end of his Belfast Crown Court trial last month 52-year-old Kevin O'Kane was unanimously convicted of 25 charges of obtaining money and property by deception relating to the Golden Beach Villas development in Bodrum, Turkey.

Yesterday, however, oil and coal merchant O'Kane, from the Ballyneese Road in Portglenone, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to a total of 126 counts of obtaining money or property by deception and a further two charges of fraud by false representation on various dates between August 8, 2005 and April 13, 2007.

Prosecuting QC Liam McCollum said the guilty pleas "account for all outstanding matters" and told Mr Justice McLaughlin they were "similar type offences".

The totality of O'Kane's fraudulent scheme amounts to over £4m which he duped from 45 unsuspecting people who thought they were buying villas in the sunshine resort in Turkey.

O'Kane is due for sentencing on all charges at the end of the month.

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