Bank financial adviser accused of falsifying documents after client lost €5,000

Gavin Kelly (33) allegedly ‘altered’ documents containing forged signatures linked to the potential loss of the investment, a court has heard.

The case was adjourned to Blanchardstown District Court for Mr Kelly to decide a plea.

The defendant, domiciled at Talavera House, Myrtle Road, Baldoyle, Dublin, is charged with using a false instrument, under the Offenses of Theft and Fraud Act.

The breach allegedly took place at KBC Bank, Blanchardstown on October 6, 2019.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had ordered the case could proceed to district court level on a guilty plea only.

Judge Gerard Jones asked for an overview of the allegations.

Sgt Callaghan said the alleged victim came to KBC with the intention of investing €60,000 in the bank.

She met the accused who worked as a financial adviser at KBC. He told her about investment opportunities and she agreed to invest the money in two guaranteed funds that would not lose money, Sgt Callaghan said.

This was allegedly submitted by the defendant and the following year the woman received a statement that her investment had lost €5,000.

She questioned this and received the policy documents she had signed. According to the prosecution, the policy had two forged signatures in connection with the potential loss of investment.

When she asked, KBC investigated and Mr Kelly allegedly changed the documents.

Judge Jones asked if there was a loss for the woman.

Sgt Callaghan said the bank was responsible, so the loss of €5,000 was for KBC.

Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to proceed to the district court in the event of a guilty plea.

If the accused pleads not guilty, he will be remanded for trial in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge ordered the disclosure of the prosecution evidence to the defense and adjourned the case to a date in October.

Geraldine L. Melton