Belfast Telegraph

Woman admits cheating airlines out of €125,000

By Barry Duggan

A mother cheated two air charter companies out of more than €125,000 after she illegally hired planes to bring rugby supporters to European matches.

Pamela Hickey (38), with an address at Ashford, Patrickswell, Co Limerick, managed to deceive UK company First Aviation Limited into providing her with an aircraft in 2005 after she falsely informed it that racing tycoon JP McManus was a silent investor in her own company.

Hickey, a mother of two, appeared in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court yesterday after she pleaded guilty to three charges including forgery of an AIB paylink plus funds transfer docket at her creche at Fr Russell Road, Limerick, on January 14, 2005.

She also pleaded guilty to deceiving First Aviation Limited to provide her with an aircraft for a return flight from Shannon Airport to Gatwick Airport in January 2005.

Mr Romo agreed to provide her with an aircraft to bring fans to Twickenham for a Heineken Cup match in January 2005 and another for a Six Nations match in Rome in February.

The price of the two aircrafts was set at £38,246, but Hickey only transferred £3,824 to the company.

Judge Carroll Moran heard that she altered the funds transfer docket to make it look like she had paid the full sum and the flight went ahead. The second flight was cancelled.

In December 2004, she provided Air Charter Service with false details to bring 180 fans on a return trip from Shannon Airport to Toulouse Airport. The bill for ?77,000 was never paid.

Judge Moran said it was a "complex case" and adjourned sentencing until October 21.

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