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Leading GAA manager Gerard Moane pleads guilty to £1.3m tax fraud

By Gerry McLaughlin

A leading GAA figure has pleaded guilty to making false tax returns to obtain almost £1.3m in VAT repayments.

Brookeborough manager Gerard Moane admitted 21 counts of making the false returns in a six-year period for Moane Contracts Limited.

The Fermanagh man also pleaded guilty to a charge that on dates between February 28, 2006 and July 3, 2012, he acquired criminal property, namely repayments of VAT from HM Revenue and Customs.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to making false returns of figures from £17,875 to £132,150.

Moane had been in the running for the Fermanagh job when Peter Canavan was appointed in 2012, and is also a former manager of Tyrone Ladies GAA team.

He had originally been charged with making false returns to the sum £1.9m.

The offences happened in a period between March 1, 2006 and July 2, 2012.

The original 27 charges against the married man were for sums between £17,875 to £465,800.

At yesterday's hearing in Dungannon Crown Court, a Crown prosecutor said that three other charges of VAT fraud against Moane, from Eschnillogue, Teigeshill in Brookeborough, were being being kept on the books.

These charges amounted to a total of £647,000 and happened on March 2, 2009, April 2, 2012 and July 2, 2012.

Judge Gemma Loughran adjourned the case to September 9 for a pre-sentence report.

Moane was released to reappear on September 9.

A charge against his co-accused, wife Dympna Moane, was adjourned until Monday.

She is charged with of submitting a false VAT return claiming Moane Contracts Ltd was eligible to receive a VAT repayment of £19,600 on March 1, 2006.

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