Fraudster Catriona Carey wants to fully challenge driving ban

Fraudster Catriona Carey will now fully challenge her driving ban after initially pleading guilty to four traffic offences, including driving without a license or insurance.

arey, from Weir View Hill, County Kilkenny, was banned from driving for four years and given a suspended sentence in May.

She appealed the decision and was due to appear in Kilkenny Circuit Court today.

Prosecutor Gerald Meaney had asked for the matter to be postponed until later in the day, having understood Carey was due to be present and her lawyer had to travel from another court hearing in Dublin.

However, Mr Meaney later told the court that he had received instructions from defense counsel Andrew Broderick that his client now intended to contest the appeal in full and needed time to prepare a case.

Mr Meaney indicated that he understood the appeal regarding the severity of the ban was usual, but it was now Carey’s turn that she wished to proceed with a full appeal of her conviction.

“Up until an hour ago, the understanding was that these appeals were normal,” Mr Meaney told Judge Kenneth Connolly.

“She has a solicitor and his solicitor was with the criminal courts and was due to travel downstairs but when I spoke to him again he said she wanted to fully contest the matter.

“I was certainly surprised as there was no indication of it beforehand.”

Carey, who was allowed to continue driving while awaiting the outcome of her appeal, was absent from court.

Judge Kenneth Connolly adjourned the matter until January to give the defense time to put together a case.

The former Kilkenny camogie player was caught by Gardaí for driving offenses last year, receiving 12 penalty points for speeding in a 50km/h zone and in a 120km/h zone while twice using a mobile phone while driving was caught.

She received a six-month disqualification from November 8, 2021 to May 8, 2022.

However, she was stopped twice for traffic offenses by Gardaí while the disqualification was active.

Garda Julie Chapman has testified in Kilkenny District Court that she tried the accused on 21 April.

Gda Chapman said Carey was driving at 45 mph in a 50 mph zone and had only a picture of her driver’s license on her phone when she stopped.

She was found to have been banned from driving, and when Catriona Carey was informed of this, she “objected” and began “roaring and screaming”.

Gda Chapman said the defendant was “completely out of control” and said it was “not to talk to”.

Her attorney, Kevin Roche BL, said there was “some confusion” about the penalty points that led to her disqualification.

Garda Thomas Loughnane told the court that on December 10 last year he stopped Catriona Carey from driving her BMW on Castlecomer Road.

Gda Loughnane said he knew Carey had had his driver’s license suspended and informed her.

Carey told the “This is my car” guard that she felt like she was being attacked, adding: “You expect me to get taxis?”.

Judge Geraldine Carthy considered Carey’s apology and guilty plea but said it was difficult to offer an apology when she was pulled over a month later after getting into a car “knowing full well that she is disqualified”.

The court heard how Carey had previous convictions.

She was convicted of fraud in February 2020 after altering a check she received from a client who hired her as his accountant.

Carey changed a check for €6,948 made payable to the Collector General of Revenue to himself instead and cashed it at a bank in Kilkenny.

She received an eight-month suspended sentence.

Carey, who was seen driving a silver Jeep as the €55,000 white BMW she owns, which she bought with monies deposited into her company Careysfort Asset Estates account, remains impounded after Gardaí found him confiscated earlier this year.

More than €200,000 in client funds deposited into the Careysfort account by desperate homeowners were spent on personal items and services including the BMW 5 Series.

Carey received thousands of euros from people across the country through a mortgage program that offered to buy debt from her lenders at a discount once they paid her a down payment.

RTÉ investigations revealed how the deals never materialized and deposits were not returned.

She has since admitted that money is “gone and non-refundable”.

Garda’s investigation into the fraud allegations is ongoing.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/fraudster-catriona-carey-to-contest-driving-ban-in-full-42099778.html Fraudster Catriona Carey wants to fully challenge driving ban

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