A WEST Cork man who reported to Gardaí in Bandon that he had been the victim of fraud after he opened up an account on a dating site, unwittingly lead to the arrest of a man in Cork city on charges of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.
The bizarre train of events were outlined at Bandon District Court last week where the 32-year-old Cork city man pleaded guilty to four charges under the Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance Act.
The court heard that the Cork city resident gave €19,000 to a person that he met on ‘Plenty of Fish’ online dating site and ended up being charged with money laundering offences after his bank details were subsequently used to scam a man in a similar fraud offence.
Sgt Paul Kelly told the court that the situation came to light after a man in the West Cork area reported to gardaí in Bandon that he was the victim of fraud after he opened up an account on ‘Plenty of Fish.’
‘He (the West Cork man) began…