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'laundering' rap Nigerian man appears in court over in connection with €326,000 online invoice scam at Maynooth University

Businessman Abiodun Awolowo, 48, who runs an internet cafe in Ennis, Co Clare, was charged with money laundering at Dublin Circuit Court ­yesterday morning

By Stephen Breen, Crime Editor - The Irish Sun - 19-02-26
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Maynooth University in Co Kildare
Maynooth University in Co Kildare

A MAN has appeared in court in connection with an alleged €362,000 scam at Maynooth University.

Abiodun Awolowo, 48, from Nigeria, was charged with money laundering at Dublin Circuit Court ­yesterday morning.

Awolowo, who has been in Ireland since 2005, made no reply when he was charged at Clondalkin Garda Station on Sunday evening with laundering €16,500.

The businessman, who runs an internet cafe in Ennis, Co Clare, was remanded in custody until today after gardai had objected to bail.

Detective Garda Michael Kilfeather, from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, told the court he believed that the accused would be a “flight risk” if he received bail.

The court ordered Awolowo be kept in custody at Cloverhill Prison until today so that he could produce proof of his address.

Defence solicitor for Awolowo Niall Walsh said his client was seeking bail and wished to propose an address where he can live.

Judge David McHugh told the solicitor to liaise with the Garda in question and remanded the defendant in custody overnight.

Awolowo is also seeking legal aid, however, the court has not yet ruled on whether it will be granted.

Awolowo was first arrested as part of the probe in 2016 before the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled this year he should be charged with money laundering.

Two other men have also been charged as part of the investigation.

One of the men remains in custody while the other was released on bail.

Awolowo was arrested after the leading university informed gardai that they had been conned as part of an ‘invoice ­redirect’ scam in August 2015.

The university in north Co Kildare claimed that they were targeted in an online fraud that involved people posing as a legitimate building firm who were working for the college.

None of the cash has ever been recovered.


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