Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland solicitor faces legal aid fraud charges

By George Jackson

A solicitor has appeared in court charged with 61 offences of false accounting linked to legal aid claims.

Damien McDaid is alleged to have committed the offences between July 2010 and January 2012.

The 42-year-old, from Templegrove in the Buncrana Road area of Londonderry, appeared at a preliminary inquiry at the city's magistrates' court yesterday.

Each of the charges alleges the defendant submitted falsified legal aid documents to the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission.

A public prosecutor told District Judge Barney McElholm that she believed the defendant had a prima facie case to answer. Defence barrister Ivor McAteer said he was making no contrary submission.

When asked if he had anything to say in answer to the 61 charges, the defendant replied, "No".

McDaid was released on his own bail of £500 and ordered to continue to reside at the address on the charge sheet before the court.

He will appear before the city's Crown Court for his arraignment on November 16.

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