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"GAA star in alleged scam" Mod Note on page 1 and 2

  • 10-02-2023 9:29pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,441 ✭✭✭dobman88

    Almost a million euro is some going.

    Threadbanned users Brokenbad, Get langer In for 2 weeks upto 29/2 Gusser09 and Caoimhin19 upto 4/3

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    As the alleged player has yet to be named officially and it is an ongoing case, kindly do not mention names or try to give indications mentioning words/terms/videos etc that would give an idication as to who he is.

    Warnings and bans will be applied to those who do.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,441 ✭✭✭dobman88

    Non pay wall here

    You'd need some brass neck to go about something involving this much money if it's true

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,271 ✭✭✭evolvingtipperary101

    Is it an ex-player? I really hope it's not who I think it is.

    Devastating stuff for the victims and everyone involved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,441 ✭✭✭dobman88

    It would sound like an ex player the way it reads. They mention that an excuse used was the money was for cancer treatment and a comment at the end says lifelong friendships are ruined after it.

    It's a fairly mental story. Hopefully there is some way, however unlikely, that the people involved get something back.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,353 ✭✭✭Did you smash it

    all a bit weird that word didn’t get out cat he had cancer. Must have tapped up a few wealthy individuals I guess

  • Registered Users Posts: 485 ✭✭The HorsesMouth

    I've heard this eve who it's spreading like wild fire. If it's's not massively surprising!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭deise man

    What county?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,994 ✭✭✭FourFourRED

  • Registered Users Posts: 483 ✭✭Fred Astaire

    Heard he took a high profile teammate for 25k. Christ.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,978 ✭✭✭chooseusername

    Say it ain’t so j.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 31,523 CMod ✭✭✭✭ShamoBuc

    Mod Note

    A few posts deleted.

    As the alleged player has yet to be named officially and it is an ongoing case, kindly do not mention names or try to give indications mentioning words/terms/videos etc that would give an idication as to who he is.

    Warnings and bans will be applied to those who do.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,556 ✭✭✭Bobtheman

    I think I know what you mean by not massively surprising. Reading between the lines

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,238 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    I think the World and its mother know who is under investigation at this stage and its a very sad and bewildering situation.

    A couple of ex Politicians were tapped, so the story goes, for amounts of €120k. The first one handed it over and the second was tapped having already heard about the first, but instead of handing it over, he asked for bank transfer details for the US hospital where this treatment was all supposed to be taking place. When that wasn't forthcoming, it would seem that that was when the Gardaí were alerted to a potential problem. And here things are.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,353 ✭✭✭Did you smash it

    I’ve heard he faked a heart attack when arrested

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,100 ✭✭✭billyhead

    He's obviously not well in the head if he's acting like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,981 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    Heard a lot more about this earlier. Yes, this dude is very much a sick puppy. Not right in the head for years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,556 ✭✭✭Bobtheman

    It's tragic for the family.

    If you are going to do fraud then you'd want to design a better one than this where you are not directly named. People can't link it to you.

    Kind of stupid to directly tap people

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,694 ✭✭✭tabby aspreme

    Is there an addiction problem behind this, the scourge of gambling is ever present around all sports

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,878 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    I think it's more in line with depression - Lost a lot of money from losing his business and pretty much was millions in debt. Tried to scam it back

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  • Registered Users Posts: 976 ✭✭✭spakman

    But how on earth did he think he'd get away with it!?

  • Registered Users Posts: 850 ✭✭✭PeggyShippen

    It's outrageous in its audacity and absolute zero prospects of success.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,877 ✭✭✭zetecescort

    How long ago did this happen? I mean Ireland being as small as it is I would have thought if somebody reasonably famous was raising money for treatment of a serious illness it would be very hard to keep it out of the papers or general gossip on the street

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,245 ✭✭✭Xander10

    Miracle cure due to the million dollar treatment, of course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,238 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    The alleged scamming? Its a current situation.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,271 ✭✭✭evolvingtipperary101

    A man whose wife was diagnosed with cancer believes he was targeted by a prominent GAA star who claimed he had the same form of the disease and needed money to travel to America for treatment.

    The high-profile former player is being investigated by gardai for fraud and deception.

    The couple, from Co Kilkenny, agreed to lend €5,000 to the retired player, but now believe they were targeted because of the wife’s life-threatening disease.

    “He is both cunning and conniving. I was targeted and groomed after my wife was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He approached me offering to support us, but soon asked for money,” said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    “There was empathy and concern in his voice. He told me he had the same cancer as my wife and talked about how he had received revolutionary treatment in Seattle.” He added: “We don’t believe any of it was true.”

    The couple, whose story is similar to other accounts provided to gardai, are among a list of people who are co-operating with a fraud inquiry into allegations of deception by the sports personality.

    The alleged victims claim they were deceived into lending and donating cash to the retired GAA player to pay for stem cell treatment.

    The suspect is believed to have collected approximately €250,000 from friends, acquaintances and business associates. One man is alleged to have provided a loan of €120,000.

    Detectives carried out a search of a room at a hotel in Kilkenny where the suspect was staying last December. A mobile phone and documents were seized by gardai. Investigators are continuing to take statements from witnesses.

    Detectives are trying to establish whether the suspect was ever given a cancer diagnosis but do not believe he has travelled to the United States for treatment. The Sunday Times was unable to contact the sporting figure despite exhaustive efforts last week.

    The family of the GAA star are reeling from shock. It is understood they were unaware of the garda investigation and have not had recent contact with him. It is not clear where the former athlete is now living and it is believed that his phone number has recently been changed.

    People in the man’s home town say they have not seen or heard from him in a number of months, and some have expressed concern for his welfare.

    “I’d be very worried about him,” said one man who knew him. “If the rumours are true then something is wrong,” another local said.

    The alleged victim who spoke to The Sunday Times said the suspect was “really convincing” but that he now believed he had never had cancer.

    “He claimed he had an elite sporting status in the US and was due free medicare but it wasn’t possible for him to get cover so he needed the money fast. He said his insurance would cover the cost. We talked it through. We gave him the money,” the man said.

    The couple agreed to lend €5,000 to the suspect in June 2021 after he called to say he needed money to cover the cost of travelling to the US to receive a booster injection of stem cells. They became suspicious after mutual friends warned them not to lend him cash.

    The suspect repaid the money six months after the couple threatened they were going to report the matter to the gardai or contact journalists.

    “He kept on telling me the money was being transferred but there was an issue with the bank,” said the woman, who has made a statement to gardai. “He subsequently did repay the money in full. He brought €5,000 in cash to the house.”

    Gardai confirmed that an inquiry was under way into allegations of fraud in the eastern division.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,238 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    It just shows you how messed up in the head he must be now to think he could pull a 'ta-dah' moment and fake a recovery from his fake illness.

    Some people might be that thick, but not many. And certainly not people with a few hundred grand of liquidity that could afford to be writing him cheques.

    Its all pretty grotesque.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    Whilst what he is alleged to have done is bad, I dislike the way it has become fodder for the media without a care in the world of the mental health aspect of what they write

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,653 ✭✭✭Comhrá

    "I think it's more in line with depression - Lost a lot of money from losing his business and pretty much was millions in debt. Tried to scam it back"

    Depression is a strange and insidious demon. It manifests itself in the most bizarre ways.

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