Freed fraudster David Drumm is finally doing unpaid community service – after veering off corruption in the face of the pandemic

FREED fraudster David Drumm is finally doing some unpaid community service work – after deviating from the transplant due to the pandemic.

The former head of the Anglo Irish Bank – who was jailed for his role in a €7.2bn fraud – has approached the maximum possible time to reduce his time in prison after taking advantage of the scheme community return.


Drumm will perform community service
Drum with his wife Lorraine


Drum with his wife Lorraine

Disgraced Drumm was released in February last year after serving just two years and eight months of a six-year prison sentence.

The shamed banker’s sentence ended up with less than four-and-a-half months in prison here for every billion euros he was convicted of conspiring to defraud Anglo under his watch.

Despite his role in Ireland’s most spectacular corporate collapse, Drumm was granted early bail in return for unpaid community service.

After leaving prison, the 55-year-old avoided work as the unpaid work portion of the community return program was suspended under Covid-19 restrictions.

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But The Irish Sun can today reveal that Drumm, from Skerries, north Dublin, is now doing work.

The most common types of work undertaken by return-to-community program participants are landscaping/gardening, painting/decorating, and renovation.

A Department of Justice spokesperson told The Irish Sun: “The Department cannot comment on any individual case. The Community Return Program is an initiative through which carefully selected prisoners, serving sentences between one and eight years, can benefit from a reviewable temporary release associated with the obligation to carry out community service. such as painting, gardening or removing graffiti in a supervised group setting under the supervision of the probation service.

The Irish Sun includes Drumm and more than 60 other people have recently taken part in the community return programme. Drumm spent just seven months in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison before being moved to Loughan House, an open prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan.

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He then left Loughan House after getting 50% off his sentence.

Under the Community Return Program, inmates who meet certain criteria are granted early temporary release in exchange for unpaid community service.

But Drumm circumvented that obligation due to the pandemic and only had to answer the phone on his designated work days, confirming his availability and continued commitment to participate in the program.

Drumm was sentenced to six years in prison in June 2018 for criminal association and false accounts.

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The scammer was found guilty of allowing a €7.2 billion fraud conspiracy and false accounting at Anglo between March and September 2008.

The taxpayer had to pay more than 30 billion euros to bail out the notorious lender.

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