Tales from the Fraud Squad


Tales from the Fraud Squad takes the reader on a journey from Willie McGee's childhood in Mayo to the mean streets of Dublin as a fresh-faced officer in the late seventies, before rising through the ranks to become Head of the Garda Fraud Squad.

McGee recounts extraordinary stories of elaborate forgeries, outrageous insurance scams and intricate crimes - as well as explaining the ingenious manner in which officers amassed evidence and brought perpetrators to court. The former Superintendent writes fluidly and incisively, and tells his story with an open-hearted charm and warmth.

With over 30 years on the Force, McGee encountered all manner of crime, serious, cynical and, occasionally almost comedic. McGee was at the centre of tens of cases, from  the nationally perilous case of the State being threatened with the release of Foot and Mouth, to the Nigerian con-man who ingested a $56 million dollar bank draft to destroy evidence, to the fraudster who actually forged Garda pay checks - and there was even one perpetrator who went as far as impersonating Willie to gain free entry and refreshments at the Galway Races! 

Whether dealing with a common criminal or former Taoiseach Charles Haughey under the spotlight of a tribunal, McGee was unwavering in his quest for the truth. His work won national and international recognition, regularly working with the US Secret Service and other American federal agencies. After leaving the police force, he went on to lead the first specific fraud investigative unit for a national insurance company. As McGee succinctly puts it, 'money is never free and those who were caught paid a severe price for thinking that it was'.

Equally well known for his heroics on the football field, Mayoman Willie 'Four Goal' McGee introduces a host of colourful characters - the con artists and tricksters he encountered in the line of duty - and paints a vivid picture of the murky underworld of Ireland in the 1980s and '90's.  The book's closing chapters also touch on the author's near fatal stroke, remarkable recovery and his subsequent advocacy for the Irish Heart Foundation - who will benefit from the book's sales.