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Man (38) accused of defrauding more than £20,000 from Education Authority

Paul Traynor has appeared in court accused of defrauding more than £20,000 from the Education Authority

A Co Armagh man has been accused of defrauding more than £20,000 from the Education Authority.

Appearing via videolink at Armagh Magistrates Court, sitting in Newry, today Paul Traynor (38) confirmed he was aware of the four charges against him.

Traynor, from Mullanstown Park in Armagh, faces four charges of fraud by abuse of position.

The court heard that between April 12 and December 16 2017, he allegedly abused his position as a payroll officer with the Education Authority to make bank transfers totalling £21,229.52.

None of the facts surrounding the allegations were heard in court.

However, during the brief preliminary enquiry, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case against Traynor, a submission conceded by defence counsel Patrick Taggart.

Traynor was freed on his own bail.

The case will be next heard at Newry Crown Court on November 30.


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