Finance industry worker used forged documents to unsuccessfully apply for three loans avoids jail

By Declan Brennan

A finance industry worker who used forged documents to unsuccessfully apply for three loans within days of each other has received a suspended sentence, reports Declan Brennan.

Neil Dolan (26) used Microsoft Paint to alter scanned identity documents before forwarding them to banks in the course of loan applications made using an alias over the phone.

Dublin Criminal Courts of Justice 2 October 2016

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The applications were rejected on all three occasions and the banks were not at a loss.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Dolan had been under “stress and strain” at the time and hoping to start a business.

Dolan has one previous conviction for custody of a forged death certificate.

The court heard a “substantial bill” was cleared after a phone company was contacted to say “Neil Dolan” had died and were furnished with a death certificate.

The company’s suspicions were raised a few weeks later when Dolan tried to have the number reactivated and gardai were called. A fine was imposed in the District Court in 2013.

Dolan, of Nash Street, Inchicore, admitted 14 counts of making a forged document and 14 counts of using a forged document in the course of applying for three loans on dates between June 30th and July 7th, 2017.

He was sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on signed pleas from the District Court.

After noting a favourite report from the Probation Services Judge Cormac Quinn suspended a prison sentence of 18 months on condition that Dolan complete a computer training course.

The course heard he lost his job as a result of this offending. There was also evidence that he went missing for a number of days in 2014 after suffering a breakdown.

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