‘Bank official filmed discussing fraudulent claim’ at collapsed Cookstown company

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A Bank of Ireland employee was secretly filmed discussing a fraudulent insurance claim as a way to recoup losses surrounding a collapsed business in Cookstown, a BBC Spotlight programme has reported.

John Conway, who ran Meteor Electrical in Cookstown, recorded the footage.

The BBC reports that after Meteor collapsed, Bank of Ireland sent officials to its offices to chase up money that the business and bank were owed.

Some of it was claimed back using bad debt insurance.

Mr Conway secretly filmed the bank staff after his company went under in 2009.

Neil Swift who is a criminal lawyer, told Spotlight he believed there was a basis for a prosecution.

“There is evidence of dishonesty from the mouths of the people concerned,” he said.

According to the BBC, Bank of Ireland has not said whether there was an internal investigation after Mr Conway alerted it to the recordings. It questioned the “truthfulness” of the footage.