A man who stole €12,000 though a rental scam has been remanded on bail pending sentence next February.

Anthony Byrne (40) had access to a property through his work with a contractor involved with renovating and repairing properties when he placed an advertisement for it on daft.ie. He used a fictitious name and doctored a contract he had previously received from a letting agency himself to use as a leasing agreement with the successful tenant.

The defendant of Miltown Meadows, Archerstown, Ashbourne, Co Meath, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of inducing another to pay him €3,000 by deception and use of a false instrument at Applewood Crescent, Swords, Co Dublin on dates between September 13 and 14, 2020. He has no previous convictions.

Detective Garda Conor Tumbleton told John Berry BL, prosecuting, that a woman replied to the advert and arranged to meet the defendant, who was posing as a letting agent called Stephen Cummings, at the property in question.

The woman’s suspicions were raised when he asked for the rent and deposit to be paid in cash to secure the property. She contacted the letting agency who Byrne claimed to be working for and they confirmed no Stephen…

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