Former TV station employee faces trial on theft charges

A former payroll administrator in Virgin Media TV has been accused of stealing over €870,000 from the television station over a ten-year period.

Kelly Walton, 39, from Kilfenora Road in Dublin was sent forward for trial to the higher Circuit Criminal Court along with her partner John Murray, who lives at the same address.

Mr Murray faces ten charges of money laundering, while Ms Walton faces a total of 23 charges of theft and money laundering.

Judge Miriam Walsh granted the couple free legal for senior counsel representation due to the seriousness of the case and remanded both on continuing bail until July.

Ms Walton worked as a payroll administrator in Virgin Media Television in Ballymount in Dublin.

She was originally charged in March of last year with stealing more than €64,000 in cash from the television station in 2018 and a further €70,000 in 2019.

Mr Murray was charged with two money laundering offences.

On the last occasion, the court was told an eight-volume file had been sent to the DPP following the garda investigation, which went back over a ten-year period, and additional charges were preferred against the couple.

Ms Walton now faces 23 theft and money laundering charges in relation to the theft of over €870,000 from Virgin Media from 2009 to 2019.

Mr Murray faces ten charges of money laundering.

Both were served with the book of evidence today and sent forward for trial before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

They are due back before the court on 22 July.

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