£20k Grand Opera House fraudster to be sentenced
A Co Antrim man has admitted defrauding the Grand Opera House out of £20,000 over a five-year period.
Eamonn McColgan appeared yesterday at Belfast Crown Court for a short arraignment hearing.
McColgan (38), of Old Shore Court in Carrickfergus, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by abuse of his position.
The charge stated that between February 1, 2013 and February 28, 2018, "whilst occupying a position in which you were expected to safeguard the financial interests of the Grand Opera House dishonestly abused that position in that you issued refunds to yourself thereby transferring credit from the Grand Opera House to your own accounts in the total sum of £20,602.23''.
Defence barrister Martin Morgan told Judge Stephen Fowler QC that McColgan had no previous convictions and asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the Probation Service.
Judge Fowler said he would review the case next week and released McColgan on continuing bail.