Gardaí are currently investigating 39 complaints against former Irish ice hockey player Catriona Carey after others reported allegations of fraud involving her wealth management company.
While the investigation into Careysfort Asset Estates continues, those who handed the Kilkenny businesswoman large sums of money are now asking for the help of legal experts to recover up to €500,000.
A distraught woman, who is currently on trial over debt, said she was linked to his dealings with Ms Carey, the said Irish Independent: “I still have a month to save my home while she’s still walking around like nothing happened.”
She and her husband paid Ms Carey €10,000 two years ago after she offered to buy their debt from their lender and give them a new loan that would help them keep their family home.
This never materialized despite numerous promises and after two years of hoping there is now a real possibility that their home will be repossessed.
“I will never forget the day we met her, rubbing my shoulder and telling me all my worries would be gone now,” she said. “My worries are just beginning.”
Some of those who have lodged complaints with the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) fear a lack of resources and the fact that their company is registered in the UK could cause lengthy delays in investigations.
“I feel like the investigation has gone from fifth gear to second gear,” said Andrew Hickey, who paid Catriona Carey $15,000 for a mortgage deal that never materialized.
“We are hoping that a legal professional might be able to take this on free of charge and help us recover the money owed to us. We have all the emails, texts and bank statements to prove what happened.
“It’s not just about the money. People have argued with family members about it and relationships have broken down. People’s mental health has also suffered.”
However, there are concerns about her chances of getting anything back after it was revealed that Carey spent more than €200,000 from the Careysfort account on personal items.
The largest issue of funds from the company account occurred on July 21, 2020, when money was used to purchase a BMW at a cost of €55,226.
She also took ski trips to Switzerland, vacationed in Florida, and dabbled in high-end boutiques and outlets.
Members of the GNECB impounded the BMW on March 9 at a property in Co Wexford.
Ms Carey had spent some time at a house near Courtown and Gardaí met her at the property, where they also took some paperwork.
When contacted by Garda, a spokesman said: “An Garda Síochána continues to investigate a number of suspected fraud cases relating to the activities of an asset management company.
“An Garda Síochána does not provide general updates on ongoing investigations.”
Meanwhile, Ms Carey is due at Kilkenny District Court on two dates in April and May on alleged driving offences, including driving without insurance.
It is understood Ms Carey had accumulated penalty points on her driver’s license for speeding and driving with a mobile phone. She was disqualified for a six-month period between November 2021 and May 2022. Both court dates relate to separate alleged traffic offences.
For those who claim she cheated them out of thousands of euros through her mortgage scheme, a day in court can prove difficult to try to get their money back.
Many have little hope of getting anything back after it was revealed how she’s struggling financially of her own.
A house she owns in The Grove, Kilkenny, will go up for public auction on March 31st.
The four bedroom house on Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny was rented for €9,600 a year.
Legal documents uploaded to auction site Bidx1 show receivers have been appointed to the house. It is advertised with a target price of 365,000 euros, bidders must make a deposit of 7,000 euros.
She also owns her family home, but it’s not clear what other assets she may have in her name.
She had been renting out another house in Co Carlow, owned by a relative, in recent years for €850 a month.
BidX1 said the Kilkenny property is “sublet” at €9,600 a year based on a comparison to other homes currently on the market.
The property description states that it is within walking distance of all amenities in Kilkenny city centre, overlooks a communal green area, is spacious and well proportioned accommodation and has three bathrooms.
The public auction will take place online and is expected to draw a lot of interest, not least from those who claim to have bails returned by Carey between €5,000 and €60,000.
While dozens of people have now come forward to lodge grievances, others remain hesitant as they continue to fight for their homes.
“We’ll just wait and see how things develop, we’ve been advised to wait and see,” said one man Irish Independent.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/catriona-carey-i-have-one-month-left-to-save-my-home-while-she-walks-around-as-if-nothing-has-happened-41489061.html Catriona Carey: ‘I’ve got a month to save my home while she walks around like nothing happened’