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IrelandOn-the-run fraudster charged over All-Ireland ticket scam

07:35  14 september  2019
07:35  14 september  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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On-the-run fraudster charged over All-Ireland ticket scam Wesley Brennan

A convicted fraudster on the run from a prison in the North - and who is the main suspect behind an elaborate theft of more than €400 from a mother who believed she was getting tickets for the All-Ireland final - has been arrested.

Wesley Brennan (32), from Tallaght in Dublin, was picked up by gardaí on Jones's Road close to Croke Park on Wednesday night.

He was taken to Mountjoy garda station for questioning before being transferred to Bridewell.

He appeared in court on Thursday morning charged with making gain in relation to 12 All-Ireland tickets.

The charges fall under Section 6 of the Criminal Justice Act (theft and fraud offences) 2001.

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Brennan was remanded in custody.

He had been on the run from a prison in the North since January last year when he was given home leave while on remand for allegedly creating false ads online offering tickets for the 2017 All-Ireland final.

He is also suspected of conning a Dublin woman out of €420 days before the drawn All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry.

The woman had told RTÉ's 'Liveline' programme how the man gardaí believe is Brennan set about conning her.

She explained how she answered an ad on Adverts.ie and then exchanged telephone numbers with the person taking out the ad.

They met on the Tuesday before the final and the man took the woman's money and told her to wait in a cafe with the children she had with her, and he would be back with the tickets after he collected them in the GAA shop on Dorset Street.

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But he never returned to the woman with either the tickets or the money.

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