FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ‘I’VE LOST €50,000 IN ETIC SOLUTIONS INVESTMENT’, SAYS CAFE OWNER

first_imgA DONEGAL restaurant owner spoke last night about how she fears she has lost €50,000 in a scheme run by French businessman Francois de Dietrich.Alison Carter, an American woman who moved to Ireland in 2006, is having to work 60 hours a week to keep her restaurant in Letterkenny afloat.Ms Carter revealed how she handed over €77,500 from an inheritance from her grandmother after becoming friendly with an employee of Mr de Dietrich. “It all seemed completely above board. He was very reassuring and told me there was no question I would make money from my investment,” she said.However a few months later she asked for €27,000 of her cash back to expand her restaurant, Café Magnolia, and did eventually get it back.“He was very angry with me and told me by taking some of my cash out, I would not receive profit from the €50,000 of my investment left in the scheme.“I should have known then that something was not quite right with the scheme. But my friend told me that her relatives had all made money from it. “After I signed the cash over to his company, the woman I thought was my friend had very little to do with me. I realise now that I was used,” she said.Ms Carter, who recently had to let her Head Chef go to keep her business afloat, admits that she should have sought documentation for her investment.She has since contacted a Garda Inspector in Letterkenny who has requested she provide them with various financial documentation which she is now doing.She showed copies of those documents to donegaldaily.com a week ago.“I believe I was conned into this because I trusted someone I thought was my friend. I paid capital gains taxes on all the money I invested so I have nothing to hide. “The Gardai are aware of it and are investigating the matter. But I want people to know that this is a scam and I want people to know there is no profit and they will not make any money out of it,” she said.Ms Carter is offering free coffee at her cafe to anyone else who has lost money and has offered to help set up a support group.endsFRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ‘I’VE LOST €50,000 IN ETIC SOLUTIONS INVESTMENT’, SAYS CAFE OWNER was last modified: January 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RATHMULLAN MAN SCOOPS IFTA WITH IRISH LANGUAGE FILM

first_imgA Rathmullan man is behind one of Ireland’s most successful film companies which has just scooped an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA).Pierce Boyce, who is managing director of ABU Media, claimed the award for the film 1916 Seachtar Na Casca in the Irish language category.The excellent film was also nominated in the Best Documentary Award category but just lost out. ABU Media were keeping their fingers crossed for this year’s awards after near misses with other films including Mobs Mhericea 1 & 2 and Bothar go dti an WhitehouseThe company, which was established in 2000, is based in Galway and produces feature film, drama, documentary and light entertainment for both Irish and English-speaking markets.ABU also specialise in co-productions and co-financing international projects and are always keen to explore new partnerships with like minded partners.The company is also one of the leading ‘dubbing’ facilities in Ireland, producing more than 250 hours of material each year, most children’s animation and international documentary series’. Based in the heart of Connemara, the company employs 19 full-time and 35 part-time people.EndsRATHMULLAN MAN SCOOPS IFTA WITH IRISH LANGUAGE FILM was last modified: February 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FRANCOIS SENSATION: ‘SHOOT ME BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE YOUR MONEY’

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS de Dietrich told Donegal investors to ‘shoot’ him – in a desperate confrontation in Estonia, donegaldaily can reveal.We have learned that a number of men from the county who are owed millions of euro by the conman tracked him down to the Baltic nation.And when one of the investors lost his temper and threatened to have the French father-of-two shot, de Dietrich screamed: “Shoot me, shoot me, because I don’t have your money.” The brass-necked swindler has taken more than 200 Donegal investors to the cleaners.They didn’t know that he was a criminal fraudster with more than a dozen previous convictions in France for theft and dishonesty.The confidence trickster is wanted in the North for ignoring a High Court injunction. He faces an automatic 18 month prison sentence.The Donegal investors however managed to trace him to Estonia. One source said: “He (Francois) was terrified. He told the investors that the British authorities had all the money and that if they wanted it they should ring them.“It was the first time he had dropped his arrogance. One of the lads lost his temper and told de Dietrich he’d be shot if he didn’t return the cash and he shouted back that they should shoot him because he didn’t have the money.”Earlier this week we reported how investigators who brought the roly-poly crook to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward.Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back. In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m.“On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.” The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors.“If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email consumer.queries@fsa.gov.uk. It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal.The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.FRANCOIS SENSATION: ‘SHOOT ME BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE YOUR MONEY’ was last modified: March 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea flop will remain at Stamford Bridge until at least the summer

first_imgChelsea flop Baba Rahman will remain at the club until at least the summer, his advisor has confirmed.The Ghanaian defender joined the Blues from Ausburg in the summer and was expected to provide genuine competition for Cesar Azpilicueta.But the left-back was used just nine times by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and has yet to feature under interim boss Guus Hiddink, raising questions about his ability to prove himself at a big club.But his representative, Kurt Okraku, insists Rahman will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this month.“There is nothing lined up for now. He is certainly going to stay at Chelsea,” he told Ghanaian station Radio Gold. 1 Baba Rahman last_img

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AN POST AND EIRCOM JOB CUTS WILL IMPACT ON DONEGAL SEVERELY – O DOMHNAILL

first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the large scale job losses and cutbacks at An Post and Eircom amount to yet another attack on rural Ireland.Senator Ó Domhnaill has raised serious concerns about the impact on communities in the North West of 1,500 redundancies at An Post and the 2,000 job cuts at Eircom.The Donegal Senator has said these massive cuts, along with the closure of local AIB branches, come as a major blow to communities in this region. Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “Over the past year we have seen a series of decisions made a national level that will have serious consequences for rural Ireland. The closure and downgrading of small garda stations, cuts to small schools that will result in forced amalgamations, bed closures at community hospitals and nursing homes, cuts to community health resources, cuts to rural transport links and the closure of local amenities like bank branches and post office. The list goes on.”“Now the news of large scale cuts at An Post and Eircom means more job cuts and the loss of more amenities in Donegal and across the north west. At what point will this Government start standing up for rural Ireland?” he asked.The Donegal Senator has accused Fine Gael and Labour of having ‘no strategy whatsoever’ for the protection of rural communities.He said the reality is that since coming into office, the coalition has actively pursued policies that have already had a damaging effect on communities in Donegal and across the North West of Ireland. “Over the past year, Fine Gael and Labour have shut and downgraded dozens of small rural garda stations across the country and are now planning a second attack on community garda resources that will lead to the closure of stations in this region.“They have introduced policies that will force the closure of small schools in Donegal and across the North West in the coming years, while other small schools here will suffer dramatic reductions in resources and staffing levels. They have slashed our community health services, closing beds and threatening services. They have rowed back on commitments for local transport projects and have consistently sidelined Donegal and this region in funding announcements.“Now, Fine Gael and Labour are presiding over the closure of local post offices and bank branches. This means the removal of yet more local services from and the loss of local jobs.“We need to support communities and encourage growth instead of making things even more difficult for families and local businesses. The Government’s attack on rural Ireland and the North West in particular must stop,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.AN POST AND EIRCOM JOB CUTS WILL IMPACT ON DONEGAL SEVERELY – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostEircomjob losses?Senator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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Man jailed for threatening to kill and rape Gardai after calling station

first_imgA man who threatened to kill Gardai and rape their children when he blitzed a Garda station with abusive calls from Australia has been jailed for almost four years.Mark Fair, aged 28, was on the run when he phoned Gardai at Buncrana Garda station in 2015. Over the course of 17 days, Fair called the Garda station numerous times and ranted at five female Gardai with a succession of threats and abusive language.He even asked for Garda Gary McLoughlin, a tragic officer who was killed in the line of duty in December 2009.Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer described the threats to kill Garda Elaine Moyles and her husband as being at the upper end of the scale.He also said that threats to the five female members of the Gardai as “cowardly.”“I am not placing emphasis on the fact that most of the victims were female but this was a fairly cowardly element of the offences. The calls were particularly menacing in nature. The calls were very particular and very violent and of a vile sexual character,” added Judge Aylmer.Lettertkenny Circuit Court was told that officers could tell it was Fair making the vile calls and threats as they had dealt with him before but he continued to make threats against them and their families.He previously appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to a total of eleven counts of making threats to kill, threats to damage property and also making grossly offensive phonecalls.The calls were made to Garda Una Cunningham, Garda Grainne McLoone, Elaine Moyles, Lorraine Crawford and Sgt Carol Doherty.Details of the shocking calls made by Fair, of Ballinahone, Fahan, were read out in court.Fair first began his ant of abusive phonecalls on January 10th when he called Garda Elaine Moyles.He recognised her voice and told her he was going to shoot her in the back of the head and also kill her husband.He also asked how Gary McLoughlin was and said he was going to land at Buncrana Garda station and pull the plaque off the wall which was dedicated to Gary.The former Garda McLoughlin, aged just 24, was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal in December 2009.Fair called the Garda station at a later date and spoke to Garda Grainne McLoone and said he was going to rape her and her children and that he hoped her mother died of cancer.He pretended his name was Martin McDermott, a man charged in connection with the death of the late Garda McLoughlin.On January 12th, Fair called the station again and told Garda Lorraine Crawford that he would bend her over and ride her before going on to say he would rape her son and sister “just for sport.”On another date, he called the station and asked Garda Sgt Carol Doherty if Garda McLoughlin was there which caused her great upset.And on January 27th, Fair called the station again and he spoke to Garda Una Cunningham.He said he would show her his cock in court and that he was going to rape her dog.He asked Garda Cunningham if she wanted to suck his cock and that he was going to raise Garda Gary McLoughlin from the dead.A victim impact statement on behalf of all the Gardai who received abusive calls from Fair was compiled by Sgt Carol Doherty and was handed into Judge John Aylmer but not read in open court.As well as the litany of abusive phonecalls and threats, Fair also pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making gain or causing deception using Donedeal.Over a two month period from February to March in 2018, Fair placed fraudulent adverts on the free ads website and also replied to adverts.Among the items he advertised or responded to as having for sale was tickets for the Champions League Final, iPhones, tractor parts, gearboxes and car bumpers.However, when the cash for the items sent to various accounts belonging to Fair, the goods were never forwarded on.In total Fair admitted defrauding people from across the country out of more than €3,000.When arrested Fair admitted that he used a ‘fraud phone’.He apologised to all those he had defrauded money from and said he had already compensated two of the victims.Barrister for Fair, who had 36 previous convictions, Mr Peter Nolan said there was simply no explanation for what he had done.He revealed how he was from a respectable farming family and that his six siblings, three brothers and three sisters, had never been in trouble with the law.He said that when he was making the phonecalls from Australia his client was drunk and was in the company of other young men from the Buncrana area of Donegal.Fair apologised to the female Gardai and said he never planned to carry out any of his threats.He added “I don’t remember making them (the threats) I was so drunk. I thought it was funny at the time but it’s not funny now.“I’d like to apologise to all the Gardai as nothing I said was true and it wasn’t going to be carried out.”Barrister Peter Nolan said his client was a fantasist and claims that he was living the high life in hotels such as the Gresham in Dublin for the proceeds of his crime were not true.He said his client was now in custody for seven months and that he was a model prison in the prison and was working in the kitchen.Fair’s mother was also in court but said she did not want to address the court.Passing sentence Judge Aylmer said the threats to kill and cause damage to the property of Garda Elaine Moyles carried a sentence of ten years.He placed this charge in the mid-range of such offences and one which merited a sentence of seven years before mitigating factors were allowed.He said the 7 charges of making gross and menacing phones carried a sentence of five years and he placed these particular offences at the upper end of such offences and merited a jail term of four years on each charge.On the fraud charges, Judge Aylmer said they may appear to be small on an individual basis but together they were more serious and merited a charge of 3 years in jail on each charge.Judge Aylmer reduced all charges because of his early plea, the fact that he had shown remorse and that he was now a model prisoner.He sentenced Fair to a total of 3 years and nine months on the charge of making threats to kill Garda Moyle but back-dated the sentence by seven months to when Fair first went into custody.All other sentences are to run concurrently.Fair, wearing a blue top and jeans, showed no emotion as he was led away in handcuffs by prison wardens.Man jailed for threatening to kill and rape Gardai after calling station was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtfraudjailMark Fairphonecallsthreatslast_img read more

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FINN HARPS TAKE ON DERRY CITY AT COLÁISTE AILIGH LETTERKENNY THIS SUNDAY

first_imgKICK-OFF in the much-anticipated clash between Finn Harps and Derry City this Sunday in Letterkenny has been confirmed for 4.30pm.The game is at Coláiste Ailigh in the town – and is part of a double-header of top sporting events to celebrate the official opening of the new pitch at the school.Rory Gallagher will bring his Donegal team to the same venue on the weekend of December 5 or 6 to play another Ulster county (possibly Derry). The €10 tickets on sale now cover entry to BOTH games.So it’s great value – and all proceeds go to the Irish language secondary school.All those who buy tickets also go into a draw to win top prizes including TVs and a top of the range bicycle.There are a limited number of tickets still available and they can be purchased by calling the school on 07491 25943.  FINN HARPS TAKE ON DERRY CITY AT COLÁISTE AILIGH LETTERKENNY THIS SUNDAY was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste AilighDerryderry cityDonegal GAAfinn harpsfundraiserletterkennylast_img read more

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Arsenal and Chelsea could miss out on World Cup star as Juventus up bid

first_imgJuventus have stolen a march in the race for Aleksandr Golovin in an attempt to fight off Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the CSKA man, according to reports.The Italian champions have upped their bid for the Russian playmaker, who was instrumental in his country’s two wins to begin their home World Cup. 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST three-way race RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP ON TALKSPORT.COM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January According to Tuttosport, Juventus had an initial offer of £15.75million plus bonuses rejected, and will now up their offer to £17.5m, with the additional payments still attached.CSKA however are holding out for £22m, and with the player’s stock rising each day at the World Cup they are unlikely to budge before Russia exit the tournament, hoping for more dominant performances.Golovin scored one and created two more in the hosts’ opening night thrashing of Saudi Arabia, and then played another starring role in their 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday.Arsenal have been chasing Golovin for several months, and saw their transfer target score a stunning free kick against them for CSKA in the Europa League in April. targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED targets moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Golovin’s creativity has been key to Russia’s dominant start at the World Cup Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

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Man City confirm signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfiedler

first_img#WelcomeClaudio 🙌 #mancityhttps://t.co/ZH21Z2rxwN— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 25, 2018Gomes has also represented France at various youth levels and is the current captain of Les Bleus’ Under-18s team.City claim Gomes is “quick, strong and an excellent tackler with great vision and energy.”He is currently in the United States with City’s first team squad and could feature in the Blues’ remaining tour matches against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Claudio Gomes from Paris St Germain.The 18-year-old defensive midfielder made five appearances for the Ligue 1 side’s Under-23 side in the UEFA Youth League last season.last_img

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GIRLFRIEND REVEALS HORRENDOUS LAST MOMENTS OF BUNCRANA MURDER VICTIM

first_imgTHE girlfriend of Buncrana murder victim Andy Allen has described the brutal killing and her boyfriend’s dying moments.In an interview with BBC Radio Foyle, Arlene Farley also said she had no doubt that the RAAD gunmen set out to kill – and it wasn’t a ‘warning’ attack gone wrong.“We were lying in bed and we heard big bangs, so I looked out of the window and saw a man with a baseball cap kicking and kicking the door,” she said. “He had a shotgun in his hand.“The next thing the shot came through the window, I turned round and Andy fell to the ground. He said: ‘Arlene, I can’t feel my legs’.“I was trying to phone the guards and the next thing Andy just slid towards me, towards the door.“I rang the ambulance straight away and I was trying to hold his head up because the blood was coming out of his mouth. “The neighbour helped me put him on his back and I tried to give him CPR.“I tried to blow in his mouth but the blood was just coming out of his mouth, and down his nose and I knew he was dead.”You can read the full interview here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-17055133Meanwhile Gardai are planning to appeal for information tonight – one week after the brutal murder. LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyGIRLFRIEND REVEALS HORRENDOUS LAST MOMENTS OF BUNCRANA MURDER VICTIM was last modified: February 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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