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Ex-financial chief accused of £1m swindle

A former financial boss has appeared in court accused of cheating his company out of more than £1m.

Gary Moore is charged with abusing his position to defraud Howden UK Ltd, a supplier of industrial fans and heat exchangers.

He is alleged to have dishonestly obtained the funds over a seven-year period.

The 46-year-old, of Roddens Park, Belfast, faces a second charge of possessing blank signed cheques for use in frauds.

He is accused of taking £1,048,413.91 in total.

Moore is understood to have held a senior financial position and worked at the company's manufacturing facility in Belfast's Harbour Estate.

A detective from Belfast Harbour Police told the city's Magistrates Court he could connect him with the alleged offences.

Prosecutors asked for six weeks to prepare the case, claiming there were complex issues involved.

Moore was released on continuing bail to appear again in September. He was ordered to surrender his passport and told to report to police as part of the release conditions.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that separate civil proceedings are being brought against him. His former employer has brought a High Court case seeking assets in an attempt to recoup as much of its alleged losses as possible.

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