Ireland's Child Care Institutions during the 20th. Century. Fo'T: The most vivid and passionate stories - banished babies, cruel orphanages, old abuses of power - have concerned things that went unnoticed, or at least unarticulated, at the time. News has often had to be redefined, not as the latest sensation but as that which everybody knew all along yet could not say.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Legal rip-off allegations a matter for gardai

6 October 2005 By Vincent Browne - Sunday Business Post

Solicitors should know a bit about the crime of fraudulent conversion, even though it is based on an Act of the British parliament of almost 90 years ago. It concerns a person entrusted with the transfer of any property fraudulently converting this property to his or her own use. Several solicitors have been in trouble with this over the years by taking clients' money and using it for their own purposes. If a solicitor were to receive money from, for instance, the Residential Institutions Redress Board as compensation for persons abused in religious institutions, and if that solicitor were to convert that money - or even a part of that money - for his or her own use without the informed consent of the client, that would seem to be fraudulent conversion.

There might be a defence to that charge, but we - or, at least, a court - would have to hear that defence.

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