Clare swindler Alan Custy pays ‘final instalment’ of €19,000 he stole by deception from woman he met on dating website

A DATING website swindler has paid over the final amount in almost €19,000 owed to a vulnerable, trusting woman he ripped off online.

Conman Alan Custy, 42, of Ennis, Co Clare, hatched a scheme where he stole by deception around €18,700 from the 47-year-old he met through dating website smooch.com over five months in 2013.

Alan Custy pleaded guilty in 2015

The Limerick woman, who lives alone, was the second online female victim of Custy.

He previously received a three year suspended jail term in February 2012 for blackmailing a married woman who he met on connectedsingles.com.

In that case, Custy posed as a Michael Lynch and in the smooch.com case, the father of two posed as an Alan Casey.

Mr Custy has been given time by Judge Gerald Keys over the past two and a half years to pay back the compensation in instalments to the Limerick woman.

The case is being heard at Ennis Circuit Court

Ennis Circuit Court heard today Custy has “the final instalment of a few hundred euro in court to pay”.

It is now almost three years since Mr Custy pleaded guilty to the offences in November 2015 and he has been paying back since a court appearance in March 2016.

Det Garda Claire O’Shaughnessy previously told the court that the female victim in the case lives alone and was trusting, gullible, had health problems and suffered from self-esteem issues when looking for romance online in June 2013.


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The woman had handed over €18,950 to Custy who said he needed money to pay off Revenue; the purchase of plant and machinery; for diesel and the payment of staff who were carrying out fictitious grass cutting contracts with Clare and Limerick county councils.

Judge Keys today adjourned the case to Monday for sentencing.



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