A 40-year-old man is to be tried for stealing around € 31,000 from a company account and falsifying annual returns.

John Canny, of Foxborough Road, Lucan, Co Dublin, was arrested Tuesday morning by a guard attached to the Office of the Director of Business Law Enforcement (ODCE).

He was charged with 25 offenses contrary to section four of the Criminal Justice Act 2001 (theft and fraud offenses) and two offenses contrary to section 876 of the 2014 Companies Act.

The case follows an investigation by the ODCE and the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This concerns the alleged theft of approximately € 31,000 from a company account and the falsification of annual declarations. Judge John Cheatle has sent Mr. Canny back on bail to appear again on July 14, 2020, to be served with a book of evidence.

As a condition of bail, he must register once a week at Ronanstown Garda station. The charges under the Companies Act reportedly occurred on June 12 and November 22, 2018, at the Companies Registration Office (CRO), Bloom House, Railway Street, Dublin.

It is alleged that he provided the CRO with reports purported to be the annual reports of Western Biomedical Technologies Ltd for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

It is alleged that the reports were false because they were not produced, completed or signed by the directors of the company or by a qualified auditor or auditing firm.

The theft charges concerned the alleged theft of various sums, owned by Philips Ireland, from AIB Bank, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, on multiple dates.