Roly-poly fraudster O’Gorman took cash from gangland’s heavy hitters

Saturday 16th April 2016
James 'Fat Boy' O'Gorman

James ‘Fat Boy’ O’Gorman

THIS IS the convicted monkey business ster who has become gang land’s most wanted after tricking a announcer of criminals – including the warring Kina han and Hutch factions – to invest their bread in a suspect ed pyramid scheme.

James ‘Fat Boy’ O’Gorman has gone to ground and is below stood to be under the protection of a former Provo after running out of cord with his debtors.

Sources close to the conman say that while he is undisturbed trying to buy time, he hasn’t a hope of ying back a penny after competition a risky pyramid scheme with millions of euro of dirty well-heeled.

It is understood that the 43-year-old was brought in to help Jim Mansfield Snr following the nought of his mul ti-million euro business in 2011.

O’Gorman, who once had links to drug trade Martin ‘Marlo’ Hyland, claimed he could attract investors to assistant fund Mansfield buy back some of his interests which had gone into receivership, embracing Finnstown Castle Hotel, ddy Reilly’s Field in Rathcoole and Saggart Dwell Court.

Mansfield went under owing €360mil lion to the banks, but it is arranged that the former CityWest owner had also been handling other investments which weren’t on the engages, including millions of euro he was laundering for criminals.

Mansfield was desperate to exhilarate more than €8million so he could claw back the key interests in his gear portfolio, y back his criminal asso ciates and have a legacy to have as a remainder to his sons.

It is understood that O’Gorman moved his offices into the genre’s Tassagart House mansion, beside the CityWest Hotel, and personally succeeded into the a rtment out-houses on the grounds of the property as he put together his finance contemplate, which he promised would see Mansfield rise from the ashes.

He convinced a numeral of criminals, including representatives of the war ring sides in Dublin’s vicious gangland be at daggers drawn – the Kinahan Cartel and a dirty money banker believed to represent associates of Gerry ‘the Loosely friar’ Hutch – to invest millions with him, claiming they were all prosperous to make a killing on bullet resistant glass.

As pressure came on to requite a debt, it is understood he drew in other investors, including a drug distributor closely linked to George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell, and used their capitals to keep the wolves from the door.

Despite O’Gorman’s history, he is skilled in to be a very convincing liar and has been buying time for months as investors, which now tabulate ra military groups, are circling looking for their loot turn tail from.

Gardai also believe that O’Gorman was the brains behind validating a VAT fraud scam which netted Mans field Snr up to €12,000 a week, as he tussled for funds to keep his secret debtors – which also included a tons of traveller gangs that had been using his businesses as a bank for stolen assets and ready – from the door.

It is understood that a com ny which hired out crozier to the hotel industry was set up in 2011 and that PJ Mansfield was listed as a com ny president for over a year.

The com ny, New Recruits Personnel Limited, is currently being poked by the Criminal Assets Bureau, who believe that it creamed millions from the exchequer by congregate 23 per cent VAT on top of every euro it charged despite not being indexed.

The Criminal Assets Bureau discov ered pers relating to the troop during a raid on Mansfield-owned properties in January 2015.

Members of the Mansfield kindred were at home at Tassagart House when officers from the Writing-desk and the Organised Crime Unit, backed up by officers from the National Dope Unit, struck in a dawn raid on the first anniversary of Mansfield Snr’s expiry.

It is understood that O’Gorman was also at the property, living in an out house, along with fellows of the INLA who claimed to be offering protection to the businessman.

Documents seized during the attacks are still being analysed, but officers believe that O’Gorman was inside to a number of irregular financial scams uncovered.

O’Gorman was s red a four-year hoosegow term for fraud eight years ago when he handed out €60,000 in compensation to fool James Crowley.

He had been found guilty of dis honestly obtaining not quite €55,000 from the com ny director after he had approached him at his business suppositions and offered him a deal on a sterling exchange.

The court heard that O’Gorman and two cohorts had taken a suitcase of cash from Mr Crowley, but when the businessman over asked them to adhere to their end of the bargain they refused.

During one convocation Mr Crowley told the court he heard O’Gorman ask “where is the Beretta?” – at the on many occasions he said he did not know it was a type of firearm.

On another occasion, O’Gorman acknowledged him: “I am a member of the biggest organisation in Ireland and I am not referring to the GAA.”

Security guests linked to O’Gor man in the st were raided by gardai investigating the laundering of subsidizes from organised crime including money made by the murdered stimulant lord Mar tin ‘Marlo’ Hyland.

The Sunday World has tried to ques tion PJ Mansfield in pertinence to his links to the com ny suspected of VAT fraud, but he has refused to talk.

In fact, the businessman fled from our pressman in his high-spec car, leaving his girlfriend Julie Husman behind on a vement, when we sampled to quiz him on the matter.

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