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Man accused of laundering property is freed on bail

Charges: John McCullough
Charges: John McCullough

By Paul Higgins

A man appeared in court yesterday accused of laundering more than £100,000 of criminal property.

Appearing at Lisburn Magistrates Court, 29-year-old John McCullough said he was aware of the 21 charges against him.

In total McCullough, from Riverview Meadows in Belfast, faces eight counts of acquiring criminal property, eight counts of converting criminal property, two charges of fraud by false representation and three offences of transferring criminal property.

All are alleged to have been committed between September 7 and 11, 2017.

While none of the surrounding facts giving rise to the charges were heard in court, the figures in the particulars of the indictment amount to £124,005 allegedly laundered by McCullough.

McCullough is alleged to have acquired £46,950 of criminal property, transferred £10,128, converted £66,927 from pounds into Euros and fraudulently withdrawn £580 from an ATM.

A prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a case for McCullough to answer "based on the papers before the court", a submission conceded by defence solicitor Paul Farrell.

McCullough was told that although not obliged to, he had the right to comment on the charges or call evidence on his behalf, but he declined the opportunity.

Freeing McCullough on his own bail of £200, District Judge John Meehan returned the case to Craigavon Crown Court, ordering him to appear for arraignment on October 10.

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