Leona Daly, aged 36, with an address at 4 Meadow Avenue, The Meadows, Knocknaheeny, was sentenced yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on 167 charges.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said that the proposal to pay back €400 a week after handing back €10,000 in cash was entirely unrealistic and that a jail sentence had to be imposed. The judge said Gurranabraher Credit Union could pursue her through civil proceedings for compensation if it chose to do so.
The mother of two pleaded guilty to 105 counts of theft of sums ranging from €500 to €11,000 contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001. She also pleaded guilty to a further 62 charges of false accounting, contrary to Section 10 of the same act where it was alleged she furnished false information in relation to accounts to make a gain.
It was confirmed yesterday that no account holders were at a loss and that the loss was borne by the credit union.