The net widens in persuit of the Kinahan Cartels cash stashed abroad, and probably in Bitcoin also. The Hacking Success of the Police Agencies in Europe, some weeks ago has weakened many Cartels, including the Kinahans?

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Overseas assets of organised criminals to be targeted

Criminal Assets Bureau to go after wealth of Irish criminals or foreign gangs in Ireland

The Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) is to begin targeting the overseas assets of organised criminals as part of a widening of its enforcement activities abroad.

Many major Irish criminals, including the leadership of the Kinahan organised crime group, keep their assets in other jurisdictions, effectively putting them beyond the reach of Cab.

As part of its strategic plan for the next three years, the bureau has undertaken to “widen the scope” of its enforcement activities by “targeting offshore assets via mutual assistance provisions”.

This will involve working with police services or criminal asset agencies in other countries under official agreements to target the wealth of Irish criminals or foreign gangs that operate in Ireland.

However Cab is still likely to face significant hurdles in seizing the foreign wealth and properties of criminals such as the Kinahans.

Criminal activity

Cab can seize assets in Ireland without a conviction, providing it can prove on the balance of probabilities they resulted from criminal activity. In most other countries, the state can only seize assets post-conviction.

Cab is also unlikely to be able to target the assets of criminals such as Daniel or Christy Kinahan as they are both no longer tax residents in Ireland.

Under its strategic plan, Cab has also undertaken to expand its targeting of criminals who fraudulently claim social welfare. It will now start pursing social welfare payments through the courts, rather than simply issuing a bill to the person.

It said its goal was to increase the number of overpayments it identifies every year for the next three years and to increase savings in social welfare payments for the State.

Proceeds of crime

Other goals include the initiation of 120 new proceeds of crime applications before 2024 as well as 90 new “search and enforcement operations” and 170 new tax investigations.

The new activity will be funded by €9.1 million in the bureau’s budget for this year.

“Criminals continue to become more adept at concealing the fruits of their criminal conduct. In order to identify and trace such assets, we will utilise all available intelligence sources, remain vigilant to emerging trends and continually evolve our investigative methods,” the Cab said.

While Department of Social Protection officials investigate most suspected social welfare overpayments, the Cab is tasked with investigating cases involving known criminals or people who may pose a threat to department staff.

Last year, the Cab uncovered and demanded repayment of more than €1.5 million in social welfare overpayments.

Overpayments

These included €122,000 in overpayments to a Dublin family who, over a five-year period, had lodged €1.9 million into various accounts they held. The family is appealing the assessment.

The bureau demanded €308,000 from another man who was in receipt of disability benefits for 14 years. An investigation showed during this period he worked as a taxi driver, bought a property in Kildare and lodged €190,000 in his bank account, none of which he declared to the department .

The bureau, which employs 93 staff, shares the offices of the Garda Síochána on Harcourt Square in Dublin. It is seeking its own dedicated premises for relocation in 2022.

This is the dramatic footage captured by locals as Gardai closed off O’Devaney Gardens on Wednesday and arrested two men after a late night drugs operation took place in the area.  A sea of Gardai, squad cars and even the helicopter were deployed to the area in Stoneybatter where officers snatched drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia in a seizure that lasted for several hours.   During the successful operation, €16,000 worth of cannabis was seized alongside €13,500 in drug money but no arrests were made in relation to the seizure, Dublin Live reports.
Two men, in their 40s and 20s, were however arrested for separate public order incidents during the course of the seizure.

Dramatic footage as                     Gardai close off O'Devaney Gardens and arrest two                     men after drugs operation© Provided by Irish Mirror Dramatic footage as Gardai close off O’Devaney Gardens and arrest two men after drugs operationThe older man was released without charge but the second younger male will appear in court.

A Garda spokesman told Dublin Live: “We seized €13,500 cash and €16,000 worth of cannabis and other drug paraphernalia in O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin 7, at approximately 8:30pm last night, Wednesday 29th July.

“No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

He added: “Two males (40s & 20s) were arrested for public order incidents during the seizure.

“The male in his 40s was released without charge with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The second male was charged and is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice.”

Interpol, Europol, Transparency International are to name but a few links that the CAB interact with in a European and global aim to tackle organised crime.  Check out this site too: OCCRP “Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project”  https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=8a7b7dd3a0e2c0adfe8fae715&id=b337a49d36&e=f461a03b48

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