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NI woman facing record 607 counts of fraud bailed

By Staff Reporter

A Tyrone woman is facing 607 charges of fraud against her employer - the largest total of allegations to come before a Northern Ireland court.

The case against the accused - who has been granted anonymity due to a risk of suicide if her identity became known - is moving towards jury trial at the Crown Court.

She is alleged to have abused her position with her employers to make electronic transfers to bank accounts held in her own name, and causing loss to the company.

Papers at Dungannon Magistrates Court show around £2.3m is alleged to have been transferred in various amounts, multiple times every year between 2008 and 2016.

The first and largest amount alleged to have been transferred was £10,000 on January 30, 2008, with the rest ranging from approximately £600-£6,000 at a time.

The woman was arrested in February 2016 by the PSNI's Economic Crime Unit following a report of potential internal fraud at the Mid Ulster company.

In the run-up to her arrest, from January 7 to February 18, 2016, she is alleged to have transferred a total of £21,731, with varying amounts moving on a virtually weekly basis.

However, there were consecutive transfers of £3,988 on January 27, 2016 followed by £1,998 two days later.

The matter was on track for a committal hearing to move to Crown Court, but a different prosecutor has taken over and requested time to fully acquaint himself with the charges "given the voluminous and highly complex nature of the case".

A new committal date is expected to be fixed next month.

The accused remains remanded on bail.

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