Complaints Overview
In order to assist the ODCE exercise its enforcement remit under the Companies Acts, it is necessary for the public to make available to the Office any information suggesting circumstances of individual or corporate misbehaviour under the Companies Acts. We may need to seek continuing assistance from our correspondents in certain cases. In the light of our evaluation of the information and corroborating material, we will determine what action, if any, on our part is appropriate and what would be the most suitable means of legal redress or sanction.

We have available a Complaints Form which can be used to advise us of your concerns. It sets out the type of information which we would require to receive to enable a complaint to be properly evaluated. You can download an electronic copy from our website. Following completion of the Form, you may forward it to us with the associated documentary evidence supporting your claim of corporate or individual misconduct.

Please note that the ODCE will not act on every complaint it receives. Circumstances where we may decide that we should not get involved include:

  • where the complainant has a legal right of civil action against the company or other party with whom he/she is in dispute and where this will be a sufficient remedy;
  • where no breach of the Companies Acts is indicated. If however a breach of other legislation is suggested, we may refer the complaint to the relevant authorities (e.g., the Garda Siochana in cases of possible fraud, the Revenue Commissioners for suspected tax offences, the Competition Authority if a breach of competition law is indicated, etc.);
  • where the indicated breach is proper to the enforcement duties of the Registrar of Companies in which case it will be referred to his Office, or
  • where the ODCE lacks the legal powers to intervene effectively.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions v Mary Donnelly

Author: Maria Leavy/24 April 2017/Categories: Prosecution Cases 2017

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Woman pleads guilty to Fraudulent Trading

Acting on the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gardai from the ODCE this morning arrested a woman and charged her with one count of fraudulent trading contrary to section 297 of the Companies Act 1963 (as amended). The woman was brought before Limerick District Court, where, following evidence of arrest, charge and caution she entered a plea of guilty and was sent forward for sentencing to the next sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.

Full details of the charge are set out below:

"That you Mary Donnelly, between the 1st day of January 2013 and the 25th day of October 2013, both days inclusive, within the County of Limerick, were knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business of a company Shannonside Audio/Video Limited for a fraudulent purpose namely the dishonest solicitation of payments from Close Invoice Finance Limited trading as Close Brothers Commercial Finance by furnishing false or misleading invoices: Contrary to Section 297 of the Companies Act, 1963 as substituted by Section 137 of the Companies Act, 1990."

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