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Boat Owners Fear Repair Man Has Fled With Their Deposits

27th January 2020
Gardai say they are investigation the claims against sail repair man Dillon Oberholzer Gardai say they are investigation the claims against sail repair man Dillon Oberholzer Credit: William Murphy/Flickr

Gardai say they are investigating complaints made about a Mullingar-based sailmaker who boat owners claim has left them out of pocket, as the Sunday Times reports.

Leixlip narrowboat owner Alex O’Fhailgigh says he paid a €1,000 deposit to Dillon Oberholzer — operating Irish Marine Canvas under the name Dillon Francis — for work on his canal vessel that was not carried out.

He and fellow Leixlip boat owner Paddy Masterson claim they paid deposits on €2,000 worth of repair work nearly two months ago.

But they grew concerned earlier this month when their calls to check on progress went to voicemail and there was no response to emails.

O’Fhailgigh then discovered online that Oberholzer, originally from South Africa, was previously based in the United States where he is reported wanted by the FBI for a string of suspected fraud offences connected to his sail repair businesses.

The Sunday Times has more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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