By: DAISY SAMPSON
MICHAEL LYNN, the rogue lawyer involved in the Costa Cabanas Resort in Tavira, has been officially struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) leaving the Garda Fraud Squad under increasing pressure to apprehend him and bring him to trial.
Known as the “singing solicitor” in the Irish press, Lynn has been on the run since December and has allegedly been spotted in Tavira after failing to appear in court in Ireland on fraud charges.
This latest ruling by the Law Society brings an end to disciplinary action against Michael Lynn as a solicitor and the burden of responsibility now lies with Irish law enforcement authorities.
It is expected that the Garda Fraud Squad will be pressing criminal charges against Lynn. If the cases against him turn from civil to criminal, then the Garda will be able to seek extradition proceedings against the fugitive lawyer.
Lynn was described by the Law Society as being a “deep disgrace” and as having brought disrepute and dishonour to the law profession with his “systematic abuse” of the trust placed in him as a lawyer and a professional, according to the Irish Independent.
There are still 138 charges being pressed against Lynn but it is reported by the Irish Independent that the Law Society has already paid 1,050,000 euros to claimants, however this is only a small amount of the 80 million euros in mortgage fraud that Lynn has allegedly incurred.
Brid Murphy, Michael Lynn’s wife, is currently challenging the ACC Bank over who has the entitlement to the proceeds of the sale of a house bought with her husband in Dublin.
Murphy told the High Court that she last saw her husband almost two weeks ago in Bulgaria and that she now believes he is in Portugal.
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