Man (76) whose bank accounts were used for money laundering handed six month suspended jail term

James O’Rourke of Rosebrien, Newland’s Field, Graball Bay, Crosshaven, County Cork pleaded guilty to two counts of money-laundering.
Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that over €120,000 was sent to O’Rourke’s bank account from Sweden and France.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told the defendant got involved in the scam when he was “sucked into a Facebook friendship” with an American woman.
Defence barrister Brian Leahy said his client had co-operated fully with the Garda investigation and was not hugely savvy with the internet…
Judge Ó Donnabháin said it “would be alright for a 15-year-old to say something like that but your lad is 76 years old.”
The judge questioned why “bells, whistle and flags” didn’t go off for O’Rourke to realise that having his accounts being used to transfer money wasn’t right.
When asked outside the court what he would say to people thinking of getting involved in such activities O’Rourke stressed- “don’t.”

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