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 the property through his work with a contractor that was involved with renovating and repairing properties when he placed an advertisement for the property 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.

Byrne, 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 13 and 14 September 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 Byrne, who was posing as a letting agent called Stephen Cummings, at the property in question.

The woman’s suspicions were raised when Byrne 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 that no Stephen Cummings worked there and advised the woman to contact gardaí.

Tumbleton said that four other people met with Byrne and handed over the €3,000 he asked for to secure the property.

The first woman forwarded a copy of…

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