Breifne O'Brien to be sentenced at end of July

Businessman Breifne O’Brien is to be sentenced on July 30 on multiple charges of multi-million euro theft and deception.

The 52-year-old from Kilmore, Monkstown Grove in South County Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 14 sample counts earlier this month.

They included stealing money and dishonestly inducing people to invest in bogus shipping and insurance schemes, and also bogus property schemes in Paris, Manchester and Hamburg on dates between 2003 and 2008.

O'Brien, whose family home is in Carrigrohane Castle, Co Cork, had denied all of the charges but changed his plea to guilty on the day his trial was due to start.

Judge Patricia Ryan set a date of July 30 for the sentencing hearing, which is set to take at least one day, and remanded O'Brien on continuing bail until then.

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