Caitriona Carey claims ‘I’m just a falling man’ as she accuses ‘colleague’ of mortgage scam

Catriona Carey, in her first interview, blames an ‘accomplice’ for orchestrating the €800,000 ‘Careysfort Asset Estates’ mortgage scam – claiming she has proof and will provide it to Gardai.

Branding himself as a ‘faller’ at the con first exposed by RTÉ last February, Carey nonetheless admitted that he spent thousands of customer deposits on personal items, including trips abroad and €55,000 Includes BMW.

in an exclusive interview with sunday worldCarey, the one-time golden girl of Irish hockey and sister of Kilkenny hurling legend DJ Carey, claims:

  • €400,000 in client funds once held by Caresfort Asset Estates is now “gone and not recoverable”;
  • She believed that a colleague whom she describes as a ‘ringleader’ was buying her clients’ loans from banks and that the contracts were ‘good’;
  • The associate – who is not related to Carey – raised an additional €400,000 in cash payments from the scam – bringing the total amount involved to €800,000;
  • He believed that “if everything had gone wrong we had enough money to pay it all back”;
  • She says she is ‘happy’ under Garda investigation and has ‘nothing to hide’.”

In February, a convicted fraudster Kerry was charged with defrauding 30 people out of thousands of euros after he offered to buy loans at a discount from his mortgage lenders.

It was revealed how more than €200,000 deposited by desperate homeowners into a business account controlled by Kerry was allegedly spent on personal goods and services.

In a long interview this week, Carey told sunday world: “I’m sorry for the role I played in this, but I need to understand that I’m being deceived too. Behind all this the individual is given a free role to live his life and the way Since I have been exposed, it has not been exposed.

“And I won’t let that person destroy other people’s lives. That’s why I’m giving this interview.”

Speaking about the ongoing investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau involving fraud complaints against him from more than 20 former clients, Carey said: “I am quite pleased to be under investigation.

“I have not been spoken to (interview) yet. But my house was searched.

“Gardai took the receipts, my laptop, some personal jewellery, my purse and my passport and my kids’ passports – because someone told them I was a flight risk.

“I am quite happy to face what I am facing…

“It was shown in the media that I had run away and I had gone into hiding.

“After my house was raided I called Garda and said: ‘This is my number and my email. I am very happy to deal with you on anything you need. I deal with you on everything.’ I will.

“I gave them passwords for everything.

“I’m happy to cooperate. I don’t know why I wouldn’t be there for myself. I have nothing to hide in what I’ve done. I need €100,000 in assets to solve my own debt resolution issues More than (my colleagues) have been given.

“I’ve wasted two and a half years with a guy who was cheating on me from the very beginning.

“I had no reason to set up this business to destroy people’s lives. Nobody, nothing.

“Hopefully, everyone involved will pay the price – including me. If I deserve a penalty for this, I will outright turn it down.”

“I came into this with the best of intentions to make some money and solve my own debt issues, other people’s debt issues. We were going to have a great future.”

Carey names the man to Sunday World, alleging he was the mastermind in the scandal – claiming hundreds of messages on her phone and documents on her laptop would prove she wasn’t lying about her involvement. or is not lying about another person. Describes his colleague as a ‘lawyer’.

However, since the devices are currently in the hands of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, where investigators are investigating complaints from 20 to 30 people dealing with Carrie, this claim cannot be verified.

To explain how she and a company she says lied at the center of the infamous property scandal ‘founded with the best of intentions’, Carey said she is not denying her role in what happened, but of responsibility. The level disputes are being placed on top of him.

Asked if she claims to be a ‘faller’, she said: “Yes, 100 percent.

“I had a role in it, putting forth what I thought was a legitimate business. I set it up in my family’s name and I was the director.

But he is adamant that it was the ‘associate’ who was the “man who transacted through the banks.

“He had contacts with banks, he had a lawyer who was his friend for 30 years, he had contacts.

“He knew the judges, he knew the guards and he came across as a very legitimate person.”

She continues: “The initial set-up of this company was for property transactions. Then I met (my colleague) in 2019 and he offered loans from banks, ability to buy toxic debt assets.

“I initially asked him to work on some of his properties which were in debt.

“With that, I introduced her to some people I knew who trusted me, all property-related, to help them resolve their debt issues.

“Not all families were homes – some were businesses, some were commercial entities and some were residential. In my books, I have 27 clients, not 60 or 100, 27!”

When asked what he checked before doing business with this colleague, Carey replied: “I didn’t. I believed his words to be true.

“He gave me a list of the properties he owned and I was pleased to see that he had a fairly established amount.”

When asked whether he had checked the ownership of those properties on the land registry, Carey again replied that he had not.

“No, I didn’t. We just went to work hard… Couldn’t believe anyone would go to such an extent to get money from people.

“That was the end of 2019, 2020. That’s when we started taking money from people to buy back the property.”

When asked how much he and his colleague took over the two years, Carey replied: “I took €400,000 in the bank and he took the same amount in cash.

“He insisted on cash. I wasn’t comfortable with it but he insisted on how he would have to pay that.”

Carey, a former hockey international who also played Camogie for Kilkenny, was convicted of fraud in February 2020 after turning over a check he received from a customer who had hired him as their accountant.

He turned over a check for €6,948, which had been given to the Collector General of Revenue, instead made it payable to himself, and cashed it at a bank in Kilkenny. Carey received a suspended sentence of eight months.