Northern Ireland

Turkey holiday homes 'scam' man Kevin O'Kane bailed

Kevin O'Kane
Image caption Kevin O'Kane faces 171 fraud charges

A businessman accused of one of the biggest ever frauds in Northern Ireland is denying the charges against him, Belfast Magistrates Court has heard.

Kevin O'Kane, 51, of Ballynease Road in Portglenone, who faces 171 charges, was given bail at a hearing on Friday.

He is accused of duping more than 100 people into handing over £4.2m to buy luxury holiday homes in Turkey.

Mr O'Kane, originally from Bellaghy, told the court that he had nothing to say in answer to the charges.

His solicitor told the court: "I can indicate that Mr O'Kane will be contesting every one of these charges most vigorously."

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