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A FORMER accountant with the Irish Coursing Club submitted “fictitious” mileage expenses worth up to €3,800 a year, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has heard.

Edmund O’Brien (50) struck an agreement with his former boss and the club’s former auditors, the hearing was told.

Mr O’Brien of Newmarket, Co Cork, has taken an action for unfair dismissal against the Irish Coursing Club and its associated firms, including the ‘Irish Sporting Press’ which publishes a weekly newspaper on greyhound racing and coursing.

He was dismissed in January of 2010 for alleged falsification of accounts and misappropriation of funds.

The EAT heard on the third day of evidence that Mr O’Brien received payments above his €80,000 salary of €65,000 between 2000 and 2007.

The money was for commission on ad revenue, ‘mileage’ which was agreed at €3,800 a year and for which he had to “make up” claims, and “actual mileage” when he did have to drive to various locations.

Asked by solicitor David Gaffney, for the coursing club, if booklets containing all of the mileage claims were “fictitious”, Mr O’Brien answered: “Correct”.

The case continues today.

Irish Independent

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