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WARNING – Fraud – Business Invoice Redirection Alert

garda crestThe Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation has recently detected a pattern of criminal activity that has the potential to cause serious financial losses to Public / Private Businesses. Up to 14 such cases have been reported to date, with potential losses of over €5m and with €100k stolen to date.

A number of businesses based around Ireland have received fraudulent instructions in recent weeks via both Email and postal correspondence instructing them to record new account details for their various clients. There is no pattern in these fraudulent account details but they do involve most financial institutions in both Ireland and the UK.

As a result of various businesses having already received these fraudulent instructions, some businesses contacted have transferred funding to various bank accounts as instructed to do so, in payment of due debts. However due to the vigilance of the various financial institutions, most of the money has been prevented from being sent in the first instance or has been indeed recovered.

Conduct an immediate review of recent business requests for changes of account details.

The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation now request that all businesses conduct an immediate review of any instructions that they have received from customers which involved a request for any change of account requests / details. As a security precaution such requests should be confirmed by verbal contact with the relevant financial control person employed in each business that purportedly sent change of account instructions as to whether they should be regarded as genuine instructions or not.

Where any business suspects that such an attempt has been made or indeed where they have received any such request; they should immediately contact their local Garda station and their personal financial institution.

The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are presently liaising closely with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland on this matter.

NOTE: Please see attached crime prevention advice supplied here (pdf) on the “Invoice Redirection Fraud Alert Advice Sheet” provided by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

Major Drugs Seizure In North Tipperary

gardaGardaí from the Co Tipperary Division conducted searches at four premises in the Roscrea area of County Tipperary yesterday (February 12th 2015).

During these searches a quantity of Cocaine was recovered with an estimated street value in excess of €40,000.

During the searches four men, aged in their early 20’s were arrested and detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Criminal Justice Act 1996. The four arrested were detained at Roscrea, Nenagh, Thurles and Templemore Garda Stations.

Three of those arrested have since been released and a file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions. One man continues to remains in custody at Templemore.

The searches were carried out as part of ‘Operation Overwatch’, which was set up to target persons involved in the distribution of controlled drugs in the Roscrea and wider area.

Newly appointed Garda Inspector Mr Oliver Henry praised the help given by the local Roscrea community and the ‘Roscrea Stands Up’ group for the success of this operation.

Arrests Made Following Tipperary Burglaries

GardaSeveral arrests were made today in connection with organised crime activities and a number of burglaries which have taken place in the Tipperary area over past weeks.

It is understood that up to five individuals, all male, have been arrested by Gardaí from Thurles, Tipperary, Carlow and Dublin.

The Garda raids and subsequent searches following this planned operation, took place in the Dublin and Carlow area this morning.

Five men, understood to be aged between 19 and 50 years, were subsequently arrested and are presently detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at various Garda Stations, including stations in County Tipperary.

The Garda Dog Unit, Organised Crime Unit, and Customs Officials are understood to have combined to assist in this planned operation.

Tipperary Garda Shot And Critically Injured

gardaA member of An Garda Síochána is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot a number of times in an attempted mugging, while on holidays in America.

Garda Brian Hanrahan, who is currently based in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, but hales from Killenaule, Co Tipperary, suffered spinal injuries and a bullet wound to the leg.

While news of the shooting is only emerging today; the 32-year old Garda who is a married father-of-one, was attacked in the 7th Ward area of New Orleans just before 5.40am on Monday last.

From reports Mr Hanrahan was approached by a black man armed with a gun. The perpetrator is understood to have demanded money to which the victim, who was holidaying with his father, refused. This refusal resulted with the gunman shooting at his victim multiple times, before the former fled the scene.

The victim and his father were driving across the United States and had stopped only briefly in New Orleans when this gun crime occurred.

Mr Hanrahan’s wife and baby are believed to be still in Ireland presently, but a hospital spokesperson from ILH Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans to which Mr Hanrahan was rushed, has stated the officer is now stable and recovering well.

ILH Hospital is the major teaching hospital for the Louisiana State University New Orleans Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine and Allied Health resident and student training programs, and a major teaching hospital for Tulane University School of Medicine residents and students.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and working colleagues at this time.

Thurles Resident Pleaded Guilty To Assault

LawA Thurles resident found guilty of assaulting his former wife, has been remanded in custody for three weeks after the court heard his victim does not want him sent to prison.

Mr Mihail Lurescu, aged 28, with an address at Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, who is now legally separated with one child, pleaded guilty in court to assaulting his wife at their former abode in Dublin on July 17th, 2013.

It is understood that Mr Lurescu began punching his wife in the head during a prolonged dispute. When the victim attempted to call Gardaí, he told her to clean the blood off her face and taking the phone from her; gave Gardaí the address of their then home. He is understood to have informed his victim that he was going to jail anyway and began to punch her again a number of times to the head, causing a fracture to her cheek bone and severe bruising to her face.

Garda Enda Muldoon told Judge Martin Nolan that after speaking to the victim, he did not believe that the jailing in this case of Mr Lurescu would help their present family situation; to which Judge Nolan stated that he would take into consideration that there was little chance of the defendant re-offending.

However, remanding Mr Lurescu in custody, Judge Martin Nolan stated he wanted Mr Lurescu to seriously consider his present situation and that this time spent in custody would be a warning with regard to embarking on similar behaviour of this kind into the future.

Judge Martin Nolan stated that he would finalise sentencing in three weeks.

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