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O'Brien set to appeal jail sentence for [euro]8.5m fraud.

Byline: EMMA MCMENAMY

FRAUDSTER businessman Breifne O'Brien is set to appeal his sentence later this year, the Irish Mirror has learned The 53-year-old, who was jailed for seven years last October over a Ponzi scheme which cost his five victims [euro]8.5million, will have his hearing on December 8. O'Brien is currently on the C Landing of Dublin's Mountjoy Prison alongside recently-convicted Anglo banker Tiarnan O'Mahoney.

Last year, a court heard O'Brien convinced relatives and friends he was linked to property deals in Paris, Manchester and Hamburg and an insurance scheme.

He also used fake letters and invented links to businessmen and lawyers to get money.

But the conman spent the proceeds on a new car for his wife, an extension at his home and stamp duty on properties.

O'Brien, of Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty in June 2014 to 14 sample counts out of a total of 45 charges.

Meanwhile, the Irish Mirror has also learned Fred Forsey has been given a date to appeal his 2012 conviction for receiving corrupt payments.

The former Fine Gael politician, 46, was found guilty in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court of taking around [euro]80,000 and was sentenced to six years in prison with the final two suspended.

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