Northern Ireland

Gary Moore charged with fraud offences at Howden UK Ltd

A former financial boss has appeared in court accused of cheating his company out of more than £1m.

Gary Moore, of Roddens Park, Belfast, is charged with abusing his position to defraud Howden UK Ltd, a major supplier of industrial fans and heat exchangers.

He is alleged to have dishonestly obtained the funds over a seven year period between May 2004 and March 2011.

The 46-year-old is also charged with possessing blank signed cheques for use in frauds.

He is accused of taking £1,048,413.91 in total.

Mr Moore is understood to have held a senior financial position and worked at the company's manufacturing facility in Belfast's Harbour Estate.

Complex issues

A detective from Belfast Harbour Police told Belfast Magistrates Court he could connect him with the alleged offences.

Prosecutors asked for six weeks to prepare the case, claiming there were complex issues involved.

But defence solicitor Pat Kelly said it may be less complicated than anticipated, due to admissions made by his client.

Mr Moore was released on continuing bail to appear again in September.

He was ordered to surrender his passport and told to report to police as part of the release conditions.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that separate civil proceedings are being brought against him.

His former employers have brought a High Court case seeking assets in an attempt to recoup as much of their alleged losses as possible.