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Hackers tried to steal €4 million from Meath County Council

The attempt involved the theft of the identity of chief executive Jackie Maguire

Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL has confirmed that it was the subject of an attempt to steal €4 million.

The council confirmed the news this afternoon in a statement.

It said that the attempt involved the theft of the identity of chief executive Jackie Maguire. The plan was, however, detected before it was completed.

“The Council’s bank was alerted and the matter was reported to the gardaí who provided assistance through the Financial Intelligence Unit in the National Economic Crime Bureau and through Interpol. The funds have been secured and the matter is now the subject of criminal investigations and legal proceedings in Ireland and abroad.

“In light of the ongoing investigations, the Council has been advised to make no further comment on the matter at this time.”

Sinn Féin councillor Darren O’Rourke said the attempt was “shocking”.

“The sum involved, over €4.3m, is staggering. It really is a huge relief to the council and indeed to everyone associated or who uses the services of Meath County Council that this issue was caught before it was too late. The council’s checks and balances kicked in and served them very well on this occasion. Everyone should be very grateful for that.

“Of utmost importance now is that the transfer of funds back into Meath County Councils account happens as soon as possible and that every effort is made to secure a successful prosecution against those involved.”

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