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3 guilty of bank swindle.

THREE foreigners have been found guilty of involvement in a multi-million dollar counterfeit bank draft scam run from an office in Dublin.

A jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court found that Englishman Thomas O'Brien had set up a bogus finance company called World Wide Clearing and Finance to scam millions of dollars from German and American businessmen.

Two other men connected to the company, Raymond Folkes and Christian Obumneme, were convicted of handling forged multi-million dollar bank drafts. The offences happened between February and March 1999. A fourth man was cleared of all charges.

The court heard evidence from two businessmen who had been offered forged bank drafts worth tens of millions of pounds by the group.

The deputy head of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Detective Superintendent Willie McGee, appealed to business people to be aware that such schemes were in operation.
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Author:O'Driscoll, Sean
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2000
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