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Man jailed after stealing €102,000 from The Cope

first_imgA man who stole €102,000 from the company he worked for to give to men he met in online chat rooms has been jailed for one year.Billy Mooney took sums ranging from €2,000 to €19,800 over a two year period from The Cope stores in Co Donegal between dates on 2014 and 2016. The 52-year-old had pleaded guilty to 18 charges of fraud and one of false accounting at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Mooney stole the cash in a complex fraud at the company’s Annagry outlet in West Donegal.But amazingly Gardai told the court that they did not believe the accused man spent a cent of the money on himself.Instead he wired the money by Western Union Transfer to men he met online who claimed they had lost their jobs and whose families had become ill.However, management at the company, known officially as the Templecrone Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd (The Cope), were alerted to the fraud when Mooney sent texts to another employee.Mooney, of St Peter’s Terrace, Dungloe told the other employee that he was in trouble having become caught up in a scam and was in debt to the tune of up to €80,000 and was having to bother the money to cover himself.Detective Garda John Gallagher, from Milford Garda Station, investigated the fraud at the store which has around 110 employees.He said CEO of the company, Mark Sharkey, had contacted Gardai believing there had been a major fraud at the outlet.Garda Gallagher explained how Mooney took the money which was due to be deposited into an ATM machine at the Annagry branch of The Cope where he was located.However, through a series of cover-ups, Mooney was able to extract various sums of money but made it appear as if they were still on the company books.The court heard how Mooney stole various lump sums of money on separate occasions between July 1st, 2014 and January 1st, 2016 of between €2,000 and €19,800.In a victim impact statement, company boss Mark Sharkey said the theft had put the company under severe pressure and how they had struggled to survive.He said a number of key employees had left the company because of the stress and the shock of the ongoing situation at the company and that they also had to spend €16,000 to have a forensic accountant examine their accounts.He said that during and since the theft, Mooney had never apologised to the company or his fellow workers and that he was out sick for a number of months after the theft came to light.Barrister for the accused, Mr John McLaughlin said that he got involved in these chatrooms with other men and that in his mind he was in a romantic relationship.“He was so caught up in this scam that it overrode everything else in his mind.“When interviewed he used phrases like he was ‘borrowing money’. Not to excuse what he did but it was his twisted belief he was borrowing and not stealing.“There are no suggestions that he retained these monies himself,” he said.Detective Garda John Gallagher replied, “I don’t believe that he has gained financially.”However, the court was told that none of the missing money has since been paid back to the company.Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said the fraud had come while the company was experiencing difficult trading circumstances and that it went on for a long time.He said Mooney had worked at The Cope for almost 20 years and had been a trusted employee and there had been a serious breach of that trust.However, he added that Detective Gallagher gave evidence that Mooney did not benefit financially from the scam.He added that he accep[ted that Mooney was remorseful and ashamed of his actions and that he came to court with no previous convictions.“He was a vulnerable person and a soft target for these scams,” said Judge Aylmer.He placed the charges in the mid-range of such offences and said each charge merited a sentence of four years.However, because of his early plea and his previous good record, he would reduce that sentence to three years in prison.Because Mooney was a first time offender, Judge Aylmer had to consider if he could suspend the entire sentence.However, he said he took these offenses were of such seriousness that he had to impose some custodial senetnce and he suspended the final two years of the three year sentence meaning Mooney will serve one year in jail.Man jailed after stealing €102,000 from The Cope was last modified: December 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Billy MooneycourtdonegalSentenceTHE COPElast_img read more

Why Warriors are intrigued with Alen Smailagić’s potential

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. LAS VEGAS – With one awkward leap and one powerful slam, Alen Smailagić prompted several reactions.His summer-league teammates jumped out of their seats. Afterwards, some of them gushed about Smailagić’s trajectory after the Warriors selected him at No. 39 and groomed him the past year with their G-League team. And Warriors summer–league coach Aaron Miles conveyed excitement about Smailagić’s potential, while …last_img read more

Mowing “Script Ohio” in a *ichigan fan’s yard

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest My neighbor is a big *ichigan fan. He is out of town this week and ask me to watch over his place. I thought I’d spruce it up a bit! #GOBUCKS (It’s better with audio) -Tylast_img

BJD to launch ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’ programme


Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory

first_imgMOST READ Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June’s draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re building a foundation,” Irving said. “We understand that a few other teams that we’re playing against, they’re starting from the bottom as well…For us, we gotta take advantage of games like this.”Dwight Howard, who was traded by Atlanta to Charlotte this summer, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers in his Hornets debut. Jeremy Lamb had 17 points. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school View comments Irving and Hayward, the jewel pieces of an offseason reconstruction that has left only Celtics intact from last year’s roster, sat out the second half.In other games, the Washington Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 126-96 in one of two exhibition games between NBA and international teams on Monday. In addition, the Utah Jazz beat the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings 108-83. It is the first time an NBL team faced an NBA team on American soil.GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 84Mario Chalmers had 19 points in 20 minutes, Jarell Martin added 16 points and the Grizzlies defeated the Magic in both teams preseason opener.Orlando led 65-64 late in the third quarter before the Grizzlies closed the period on an 8-0 run, which included six by Chalmers. Memphis led by as many as 10 in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Spurs (0-1) played their starters for two quarters, giving the Kings a chance to showcase their young second unit. Rookie De’Aaron Fox shined in the extra playing time, scoring a game-high 16 on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.The Kings (1-0) outscored the Spurs 23-16 in the fourth quarter.SPURS: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay all sat out. … Patty Mills finished with 11 points and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench.KINGS: Skal Labissiere finished with 15 points, connecting on 7 of 10 shots. Buddy Hield added 12 points and four rebounds.UP NEXT: These teams are set to meet again Friday in San Antonio.NUGGETS 113, LAKERS 107Garry Harris scored 25 points in 21 minutes, Nikola Jokic added 16 and the Nuggets (2-0) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (0-2) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lonzo Ball finished with eight points and four assists, but also had four turnovers in his second preseason game.NUGGETS: Paul Millsap finished with 11 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.LAKERS: Julius Randall had a solid night with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes.UP NEXT: Lakers host the Nuggets again on Wednesday.center_img Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with 15 points, followed by Mario Hezonja with 12.MAGIC: Jonathon Simmons, Orlando’s biggest offseason pickup, had a couple of highlight-worthy dunks and scored nine points in his Magic preseason debut. …Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier each played 15 minutes, scoring eight points apiece.GRIZZLIES: With center Marc Gasol (sprained ankle) and forward JaMychael Green both sitting, coach David Fizdale experimented with a smaller lineup of Brandan Wright at center, Chandler Parsons at power forward, and James Ennis at small forward along with Wayne Selden and Mike Conley at the guard spots.UP NEXT: Orlando (0-1) is at Dallas on Thursday. Memphis (1-0) visits Philadelphia on Wednesday.MAVERICKS 106, BUCKS 104Jonathan Motley hit a layup with 4.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks to a win over the Bucks. Motley scored all nine of his points in a fourth quarter that saw the Mavericks outscore the Bucks 31-20.Dallas’ starters were pulled after one quarter of action. Harrison Barnes was 4 of 6 from the field and had nine points. Dirk Nowitzki had five points in 10 minutes of action.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 12 points, followed by John Henson with 11 points and four rebounds.BUCKS: Rashad Vaughn finished with 20 points for Milwaukee and missed a 30-footer at the buzzer. … Greg Monroe had 12 points and seven rebounds.MAVERICKS: Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes off the bench and had five points and two steals.UP NEXT: Bucks (0-1) host Indiana on Wednesday. Dallas hosts Chicago on Wednesday.KINGS 106, SPURS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points in 16 minutes of action in the Spurs’ loss to the Kings in the preseason opener for both teams. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead

first_imgJapeth Aguilar had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Joe Devance got 10 markers and six boards, as Ginebra survived Greg Slaughter’s off-shooting night, as the newly-minted Best Player of the Conference was limited to just three points and six rebounds.Ginebra shoot for a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series on Wednesday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Unlike Game 1, the Bolts found their mark but only to misfire they needed them the most.The loss also spoiled Allen Durham’s superb night as the two-time Best Import finished the game with 25 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.Amer and Ranidel de Ocampo both wound up with 10 markers in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The scores:GINEBRA 86 – Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.MERALCO 76 – Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Back-to-back Best Import Durham focused on winning title, not award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra leaned on the duo of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to beat Meralco, 86-76, for a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Once again, the runner-up in the Best Import race, Brownlee showed that no award snub can deter him from his quest of giving the Gin Kings back-to-back titles as he scattered 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Tenorio also unloaded 10 of his 14 markers in the payoff period, none bigger than his shot clock-beating trey with 1:07 to play to give his side an 82-76 lead that also took the air out of the Bolts.“LA’s really been a big shot maker in the whole conference for us and his confidence was amazing. I think that was the biggest shot of the game and it really turned the tides for us,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra got its act together in the final five minutes as they staged a killer 17-1 finishing blitz to take the win out of Meralco’s grip.The Gin Kings’ defense was also impressive as they held the Bolts without a field goal in the last 5:56 and forced young guns Baser Amer and Chris Newsome to commit costly turnovers down the stretch. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Opening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence

first_imgLATEST STORIES Captain Kath Arado said the Lady Warriors’ five-set loss to University of the Philippines, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center is just a cross mark in their schedule.“Yeah, we can still do it, we have 13 more games and some additional in the Final Four,” said Arado in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: UP rallies to take five-setter over UE in UAAP volleyball opener“We just didn’t have it in the end, our tank ran out. The coaches told us in the end that it became a battle of maturity and UP already has that since its players moved smoothly and I think we have to work on that.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Kneeling protester Colin Kaepernick agrees to confidential NFL settlement MANILA, Philippines—A defeat in the opening game of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament isn’t enough to dampen University of the East’s confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Arado finished the first game of the tournament with 21 excellent digs and 18 excellent receptions as she tried to will the Lady Warriors in the game albeit ending in a loss.Although Arado finished with solid numbers in the defensive end, most of UP’s attacks weren’t directed at her and were instead sent to wing spikers Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez.“I wasn’t receiving any attacks since the first set so I kept on thinking where I would position myself because nothing came my way,” said Arado. “I got fired up and I think it’s good to think that UP’s game plan was to really avoid me.”“Defense is my specialty and why would you [the Lady Maroons] target me if I can easily receive it.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar Jadhav

first_imgKedar Jadhav is happy that there is a “healthy competition” in the Indian team for the all-rounder’s slot which is up for grabs going into the 2019 World Cup in England.With Hardik Pandya back in the mix after the CoA lifted his suspension, the Baroda all-rounder will be competing with Tamil Nadu’s Vijay Shankar. Jadhav, who is a spinner-all-rounder is also very much in contention for a permanent playing XI slot during World Cup.”It is a good thing for any team that more guys are competing for one spot. So every time any guy gets an opportunity, he will know that he needs to perform,” said Jadhav, who scored 22 off 10 balls and also took a wicket in India’s 90-run win in the second ODI against New Zealand.Jadhav, who also played a significant role in the ODI series decider against Australia in Melbourne, said that everyone is trying to put their best foot forward and grab that spot in the UK bound squad.”It’s not about what I think about my selection. Whether I accept it or not, it’s not in my hands,” said the 33-year-old.”It is the selector’s call and the best 15 will go. Everybody is trying to put their best foot forward and when you play for India, there is bound to be competition and you have to be at the top of your game.”Jadhav said Mahendra Singh Dhoni shoulders bulk of the responsibility when it comes to scoring runs during the middle and final overs.advertisement”It helps when especially if Mahi bhai is there till the last ball. All his experience and the power in his game, it helps players like us to just work around him and he takes most of the strike and scores most of the runs.”Jadhav said that 324 was a par-score on this track after the openers provided a good start.”We wanted to bat first and it started off well. The kind of top-order batting we have, there will be 90 per cent times when we will get a good start,” Jadhav opined.”So for most of us, batting at Nos 5 or 6, we don’t get to bat, because our top batsmen are too strong and they have been doing bulk of scoring in the last 4-5 years. So it’s good that we batted first.”He was all praise for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who had yet another hundred plus opening partnership.”Shikhar and Rohit have shown class and consistency in the last few years. We had a good (opening) partnership of 150 odd and had enough experience to take the score past 300.”Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have now accounted for 12 out of the 20 New Zealand wickets after the completion of first two games.”Kuldeep and Chahal are our key assets in middle overs and as a team, we back them totally. Most of the teams find it difficult to score against them and eventually if we put runs on the board, then teams have to take risk against them and that works for us,” said Jadhav.Also Read | MS Dhoni, quick as a flash, stumps Ross Taylor. Awestruck fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againlast_img read more

5 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde happy with attacking trio for victory over Eibar

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde happy with attacking trio for victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with victory over Eibar.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann each scored a goal at Ipurua during the 3-0 win.After a few difficult matches, it looks like the three frontmen are finally starting to understand each other on the pitch.”It’s a question of time and of playing matches,” Valverde said about his front three.”In the end, great players always find each other [on the pitch] and know where their teammates will be and know where the pass will go.”They’ve participated and worked very hard.”This is the reward.”They scored a goal each, they understood each other well.”The new players are finding their place and trying to understand each other.”It’s a question of time before they understand each other better.” last_img read more

USC Made A Cameraman Wearing A Notre Dame Shirt Change

first_imgA player stading at the 50 yard line of USC's football field.LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)Update: USC is saying this wasn’t an NBC cameraman, but rather someone from a local station. According to a #USC spokesman, the cameraman wearing the ND shirt was not from NBC, he was local.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015Earlier: USC and Notre Dame are playing their annual rivalry game this Saturday, and as you’d imagine, the Trojans aren’t in the mood for any tomfoolery, given the week they’ve had. Wednesday, according to a number of reporters covering USC’s practice, an NBC cameraman pulled a big no-no while filming.According to both Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times and Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com, an NBC cameraman was wearing a Notre Dame shirt on the job. He was asked to change. Abraham called it a “legit confrontation.”A media member wore a Notre Dame shirt to #USC practice. Got the stare down from a position group. He left to change.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 14, 2015Huge NBC TV crew at #USC practice today. A camera man wore ND shirt & was asked to change. He turned it inside out & wore a security vest.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015There was a legit confrontation with the NBC cameraman and #USC security. Players were staring at him as the discussion went on.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015The Trojans and Fighting Irish kick off Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC. Apparently, they still don’t like each other.last_img read more