A 24-year-old man will be sentenced later as part of an investigation into a major money-laundering operation during which over €350,000 was stolen from Maynooth University.
Gamiya Muftau, formerly of Whitestown Way in Tallaght, Dublin is one of several people currently before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in relation to the offence.
At a sentence hearing today, the court heard that in the summer of 2015, university staff engaged the construction firm Rhatigans to carry out development work on campus.
Someone claiming to be from Rhatigans phoned the university accounts department and said the company's account details had changed, so university staff duly paid the money they owed the contractor into this new account.
When Rhatigans sought payment for their work, it emerged that the university had been given a fraudulent account number into which it had unwittingly transferred a total of €362,810....
....He has seven previous convictions, six of which are for road traffic offences and one for possession of a false driving licence.
Det Kilfeather agreed with Briain Larkin BL, defending, that the accused did not access any of the money and had accepted that he had been “reckless” in accepting it.
Mr Larkin said Muftau had come to Ireland alone from Africa at the age of 14 under great hardship, and had been accepted under the Separated Child Asylum Scheme. He said Muftau had done very well in his Leaving Cert and was offered a scholarship to Tallaght Institute of Technology which he accepted.
Mr Larkin said that when Muftau turned 18 he was transferred to the adult asylum scheme and was moved to hostel accommodation, which he left and is now squatting with various friends around the country.