Nine years for million dollar theft

The courthouse in Douglas

The courthouse in Douglas

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Two brothers and a woman have been handed lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty of a number of offences after a six week trial at the Court of General Gaol Delivery in Douglas which ended on Wednesday.

Ian Darroch, aged 64, was jailed for nine years for eight offences of theft totalling just less than $1.5 million, false accounting, forgery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Andrew Darroch, aged 60, was jailed for a total of two and a half years for offences of false accounting, forgery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Christine Dirom, aged 58, was jailed for a total of two years for six offences of theft.

DC Julie Jones of the Financial Crime Unit said: ‘These offences were a serious breach of trust by Ian Darroch and Christine Dirom who stole considerable funds from a client bank account under their control and during their trial showed no remorse.

‘Andrew Darroch assisted his brother in attempting to cover up these crimes and to avoid prosecution.

‘The Isle of Man Constabulary would like to thank all witnesses who assisted with this trial and to the aggrieved in this case who has waited several years during a lengthy and complex investigation to see justice done.

‘Corporate Service Providers are key players in ensuring that the Isle of Man has a positive financial reputation.

‘The sentences send out a strong message to the international financial community that the Island will not tolerate such criminal conduct.’

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