Gardaí believe a former Aer Lingus worker accused of helping illegal immigrants enter the country was paid at least €34,000 to do so.
They’ve also accused Frederick Cham, with an address in Celbridge in County Kildare, of failing to disclose all his finances as part of a legal aid application.
Mr Cham is facing two charges of human trafficking arising from his time as an employee of Aer Lingus at Dublin Airport.
The State previously refused to pay his legal fees. Gardaí objected due to their belief he hadn’t fully disclosed his financial means.
They’ve discovered two bank accounts in his name – one with Lloyds Bank in the UK and the other in Hong Kong with the Bank of China.
His most recent application for legal aid heard Gardaí still haven't been able to access those accounts.
Judge Karen O’Connor heard it’ll be alleged he and another man received at least €34,000 to help illegal immigrants bypass passport control.
She was also told Mr. Cham has refused to hand over the access code for his phone which Gardaí believe contains further evidence of his means.
Despite the objections, Judge O’Connor granted him legal aid due to the seriousness of the charges and the expected duration of his trial.