Kerry golf tournament operator charged with fraud of nearly €1m and remanded in custody on bail


A Kerry golf tournament operator charged with fraud worth nearly £1million has been remanded in custody on bail.

The delighted McMahon, 41, was arrested on six warrants at Dublin Airport last Thursday and appeared before a special session of Cork District Court on Friday afternoon.

Judge Treasa Kelly remanded him for the weekend before appearing in Cork District Court on Monday.

Detective Sergeant Ernest Henderson told the court Mr McMahon made no reply when he was presented with the six counts of caution at Tralee Garda Station in the early hours of last Friday.

The charge relates to alleged dishonest incitement through deception and the use of a false instrument, namely a letter, to the detriment of one or more individuals.

The alleged crimes occurred in 2018.

Some of the charges related to dishonestly causing bank managers to deposit money into a Premier Irish Golf Tours Ltd account.

Mr McMahon is a former golf operator from Kerry.

Defense attorney Padraig O’Connell told Judge Colm Roberts his client was unable to appear in court in person Monday due to a diagnosis of Covid-19.

He requested bail in the case and said a relative of the accused was willing to post an independent bond of €5,000 and another €5,000 bail.

He requested that Mr McMahon be remanded in custody on bail pending service of the evidence book in the case pending his next court appearance.

Judge Roberts told the defendant’s family member that providing the independent bond in the case was a serious undertaking.

He warned that Mr McMahon would lose his money if he failed to appear in court or in any way breached the terms of his bail.

“You have no control over that — it’s up to him,” he said.

The family member said he understood the terms of providing bail in the case.

Mr McMahon is subject to strict bail conditions, including checking in daily at Tralee Garda train station, being available 24 hours by phone with Gardai and observing a curfew from 11pm to 6am every night.

Mr McMahon was also required to surrender his passport and agree to live at the family home in Ashgrove, Ballyvelly, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Judge Roberts has remanded Mr McMahon on bail at Tralee District Court until his next court appearance on 25 August.

The evidence book in the case is expected to be served at that time.

In a departure from the norm, bail in the case had to be paid to Cork Prison as Mr McMahon was unable to appear in court due to his Covid-19 diagnosis.

Mr McMahon was also required to pay his own bail of €100.

The six arrest warrants in the case date from September 2021.

The charge breaches Sections 6 and 26 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

This involves various individual sums, the smallest of which was €30,000 and the largest €600,000.

McMahon is alleged to have induced dishonest naming. Kerry golf tournament operator charged with fraud of nearly €1m and remanded in custody on bail

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