Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Woman jailed after stealing £24k from banks and lover

A 31-year-old forger who claimed to be dead after swindling her lover and banks out of €26,800 (£24,000) was jailed for three years yesterday.

In an extraordinary case of deception, Diane Connelly first pretended her father had died in a plane crash.

Then she pretended in a hoax phonecall to her fiancé Danny Walsh, with whom she lived in Dungloe, Co Donegal, she was a step-sister in Canada phoning to inform him Diane Connelly had died.

In reality she had emptied his bank account and fled.

Donegal Circuit Court yesterday heard 20 offences of theft that added up to €26,800. These were carried out by forging cheques in Mr Walsh’s name.

Detective John Gallagher told the court that Mr Walsh contacted him in January 2009 to complain about missing moneys from his banks. As a result of his investigations he discovered Connelly in Dublin. She was later captured in Co Wicklow. Since then €41,000 (£36,800) worth of frauds in Kerry and Cork dating back to 2005 have come to light.

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