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David Kenneth Drumm (born November 1966) is an Irish chartered accountant, former banker and convicted criminal, best known for the crimes he committed as head of Anglo Irish Bank from 2005 to December 2008, when he resigned, amid mounting revelations over hidden loans.[1] The scandal precipitated a collapse of the bank's share price, which in turn led to its nationalisation on 21 January 2009.

Early lifeEdit

Drumm was born in November 1966,[2] in the seaside suburb town of Skerries in north County Dublin.


He joined Deloitte and Touche from school to train as a chartered accountant.

In 1988 he moved to the venture capital wing of the International Fund for Ireland, from which he obtained a position of assistant manager with Anglo Irish Bank. After rising through the bank, he was made Chief Executive from 2005. Drumm resigned his position following the resignation of chairman Seán FitzPatrick in December 2008, amid mounting revelations over hidden loans.[1] The scandal precipitated a collapse of the bank's share price which in turn led to the bank's nationalisation on 21 January 2009.

Post Anglo-IrishEdit

Drumm subsequently moved with his family to Massachusetts, US, where in 2010 he filed for bankruptcy under US law. The hearing at the Boston-based court heard from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, which fought Drumm's claims for bankruptcy, as he owed it €9 million. It was alleged during the case that Drumm had transferred money and assets to his wife, so they could not be seized during the bankruptcy proceedings. In early 2015, the court ruled the application inadmissible, ruling that he could be held liable for debts of €10.5m in Ireland.[3] In a 122-page ruling, the judge found Drumm was "not remotely credible", his conduct "both knowing and fraudulent", and accused Drumm of telling "outright lies".[4][5]

Subsequently, the Irish Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recommended a number of charges be brought against Drumm, following investigation into Anglo Irish Bank by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Director of Corporate Enforcement. In January 2015, it was reported that the DPP was seeking the extradition of Drumm, and had filed papers with the US authorities. Drumm was arrested by US Marshals based in Boston on Sunday 11 October 2015, and is expected to face extradition proceedings.[3][6]

It was announced on 13 March 2016 that Drumm would be extradited back to Ireland from Boston to Dublin, to face 33 charges in the Irish Criminal Courts on 14 March.[7] On 14 March, he was arrested by the Garda Síochána at Dublin Airport on arrival from Boston and taken to Ballymun Garda Station, where he was charged with 33 counts including forgery, counterfeiting documents, conspiracy to defraud, the unlawful giving of financial assistance in association with the purchase of shares, and disclosing false or misleading information in a management report.[8]


On 6 June 2018, he was convicted of two charges of false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.[9] His former colleagues John Bowe and Willie McAteer, along with the former chief executive of Irish Life & Permanent Denis Casey, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud in June 2016 and jailed for 6 years.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Sean FitzPatrick". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ "IRISH BANK RESOLUTION CORPORATION LIMITED (FC016044)". Companies House. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "David Drumm, former Anglo Irish Bank CEO, in US custody facing extradition | Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ "David Drumm: Ex-Anglo Irish Bank CEO fails in bankruptcy bid". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  5. ^ "Chapter 7 Case No. 10-21198-FJB, Adversary Proceeding No. 11-1267, Adversary Proceeding No. 11-1268" (PDF). United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Eastern Division. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  6. ^ "David Drumm: Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO arrested in US". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  7. ^ "Former Anglo chief David Drumm due back in Dublin to face charges -". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ "David Drumm to spend night in jail; bail arrangements to be finalised tomorrow". 14 March 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b Murphy, Sarah-Jane (6 June 2018). "David Drumm found guilty of taking part in multi-billion euro fraud scheme". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 June 2018.