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Press Release 1 July 2021

02 July 2021


MAN CHARGED WITH COMPANY LAW AND THEFT OFFENCES

Mr. Ebenezer Oduntan, 55, with an address at The Close, Curragh Grange, Newbridge, Co. Kildare was arrested and charged at Newbridge Garda Station this morning before being brought to Naas District Court.  Mr. Oduntan faces 30 charges of Theft[1], 4 charges of Furnishing False Information[2], as well as 5 charges of Providing False Information[3].   

The charges follow an investigation by the ODCE in relation to the alleged misappropriation of monies from the company and church of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David based in Toughers Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. 

Evidence of arrest, charge, and caution was given by Detective Garda Glenn Mackessy of the ODCE.  He told the Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment.   Detective Garda Mackessy told Judge Desmond Zaidan that it was alleged that Mr. Oduntan was a director of the company and pastor of the church when the alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2020. The total value of the theft charges is approximately €70,000. 

Mr. Oduntan has been remanded on bail to appear again at Naas District Court in November for service of a book of evidence. 

[1] Contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act, 2001
[2] Contrary to Section 242 of the Companies Act, 1990
[3] Contrary to Section 876 of the Companies Act, 2014

ENDS/
Contact:          Conor O’Mahony
                        Phone Number:  (087) 239 7741
                        Email:  conor_omahony@odce.ie

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