tax fraud

  • The Supreme Court has ordered the extradition to the UK of a Co Roscommon man in connection with a £5 million tax fraud.

     Thomas O’Connor of Cloughbeirne, The Walk, Roscommon - who opposed extradition on grounds including the impact of Brexit - is to report to Gardaí within 24 hours arising from the five-judge court’s ruling yesterday.

    Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke said Mr O’Connor had been given “more than every opportunity” to raise any points which might be deployed to resist his surrender.

     The Irish Times reports that Thomas O’Connor was on bail pending the outcome of his battle to prevent his surrender to serve a four-and-a-half year sentence in connection with a £5m tax fraud.

     He was sentenced in January 2007 following a six-week trial in London and faces further charges of absconding and breaching his bail in England.

    After being arrested here under a European arrest warrant, the High Court ordered his extradition in December 2014.

    The Court of Appeal later dismissed his appeal over that order and he then appealed to the Supreme Court which last February referred Brexit points raised by him to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for determination.

     However, earlier this month, the Supreme Court decided a judgment given in September by the CJEU on another case effectively decided the Brexit points raised by Mr O’Connor.

    The Supreme Court dismissed Mr O'Connor's appeal and ordered his surrender to the UK.