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Ex-solicitor charged with theft

Struck-off solicitor Thomas Byrne has been charged with the theft of more than 2 million euro in relation to a Dublin property.

The 45-year-old was brought before Dublin District Court where he was accused of taking almost 1.89 million euro from three clients to discharge a loan at Permanent TSB.

He was also charged with the theft of almost 200,000 euro for the stamp duty owed on the Upper Dorset Street property by Brian Whelan, Brian Maher and Enda Mulryan.

The Court Service said the alleged offences occurred subsequent to May 2, 2006.

Byrne, of Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12, was remanded on bail of 1,000 euro and will reappear in court again on February 3.

He was arrested by members of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in the Dublin area on Thursday morning.

His practice in Walkinstown was shut down by the Law Society in late 2007.

Byrne was also struck off the solicitors' roll the following year by order of the High Court over allegations he took out multiple mortgages on the same property from a number of lenders.

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