Missing €161k probed by west Dublin charity

by Ian Begley

A State-funded charity based in Lucan, providing supports to disadvantaged teenagers, has claimed that its treasurer misappropriated up to €161,000.
The Carline Learning Centre initiated proceedings claiming most of the money was paid through cheques by Greg Walsh’s business, Walsh & Company Accountants.

The charity, which receives over €500,000 a year from State bodies was given permission by the High Court to serve proceedings on Walsh at short notice.
Some of the diverted money was supposed to have been used to cover PAYE and PRSI obligations, but it is reported the cash was not handed over to the revenue commissioners, leaving the Dublin-based charity owing €72,500 in taxes.
When the matter came before the High Court, Carline’s barrister Eamon Marray said Walsh had given undertakings to co-operate with the charity.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan heard that documentation had been submitted by the revenue commissioners, confirming the amounts owed to it.
Mr Walsh has agreed to give undertakings in relation to six orders Carline had sought in a notice of motion to the court.
These include that he return all monies in his possession which are the property of the charity, that he disclose the whereabouts of the charity funds he allegedly diverted and misappropriated and that he not impede the charity in its efforts to recover those funds.
He also agreed to furnish it with all documentation in his possession relating to the diverted money and not to dissipate his assets below €250,000.
A meeting between Mr Walsh and Carline’s auditors is set to take place in the coming days.
The matter will return to the court next week.

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