Belfast Telegraph

Trio plead guilty to fraud

By Michael McHugh

Three Co Fermanagh fraudsters have pleaded guilty to attempting to defraud mortgage companies of almost £500,000.

Three Co Fermanagh fraudsters have pleaded guilty to attempting to defraud mortgage companies of almost £500,000.

Darren Joseph Lynch (28), Joan Elizabeth Lynch (69) and George Desmond Maye (46) pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception after falsifying three mortgage applications between 1998 and 2001.

Judge David McFarland's Omagh Crown Court, sitting on Monday, heard the trio plead guilty to offences involving mortgage applications worth £484,917.

The accused were charged with dishonestly obtaining a money transfer worth £120,585 on August 3, 1998.

Darren Lynch, of Connolly Park, Lisnarick, Irvinestown, obtained the mortgage by claiming that he had worked as a self employed life assurance salesman since February 1996, earning £40,000 per annum.

He further claimed that he had paid rent of £200 per month to live in a property at Sallyswood, Irvinestown.

Darren Lynch, Joan Lynch and George Maye, both from Liscreevin Road, Irvinestown pleaded guilty to a second offence of attempting to dishonestly obtain a money transfer worth £169,402 between August and December 1998.

Darren Lynch again claimed on the mortgage application that he had lived in the Sallyswood property between 1994 and 1998 and said he had been a self employed salesman since February 1996 earning £55,000 per annum.

The final charge related to a money transfer worth £194,930 obtained on February 8, 2001, when Darren Lynch had claimed to have run a clothing and saddlery business under WM Wholesalers for three years and further claimed that he had a 50% share in the business. Lynch claimed he earned £64,000 per annum.

A further hearing yesterday in Dungannon Crown court saw charges against two other men alleged to be involved in the scam discontinued. Charges are to be left on the books against one man while the case was adjourned against Hugh Francis Joseph Cormican of Liscreevin Road, Irvinestown.

It is alleged that 69-year- old Cormican claimed to have acted as an accountant for Darren Lynch for three years and six months.

The trio who pleaded guilty were released on bail while pre-sentence reports are prepared.

A date has not yet been set for their sentence.

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