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Garda officers held in fraud probe

Two Garda officers have been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged cash machine scam.

The pair, both aged in their 30s and based in Dublin, have been suspended from the force pending the outcome of the criminal inquiry.

They are suspected of withdrawing cash from ATMs a number of times earlier this year and fraudulently claiming to their bank that the hole-in-the-wall machines did not issue the money.

The bank then reimbursed money based on complaints that the cash machine had malfunctioned.

The rank and file officers, as well as a third man who is not in the Garda, were identified when the bank's internal monitoring system picked up a pattern of cash reimbursements.

It is understood the amount of cash involved in the alleged fraud is less than 2,000 euro.

The incidents happened over a couple of months at a number of locations in Dublin during the year. Each transaction was for a small amount of cash.

Garda headquarters has confirmed two men were arrested this morning during a probe into suspected fraudulent activity in the Dublin area.

They are both being questioned at Leixlip Garda station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.

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