The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., has today published the Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report for 2009 and laid copies before each House of the Oireachtas. The Report for 2009 is the fourteenth such Annual Report.

Commenting on the report, the Minister said: "The Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report for 2009 once again highlights in plain terms the effectiveness of a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach in dealing with the proceeds of criminal activity.

The Bureau will continue with the full support of the Government and the general public, to prevent those involved in serious crime from benefiting from the proceeds of their illegal activity. 

A review of the law underpinning the operation of the Bureau is continuing with a view to concluding proposals to strengthen it. I am also happy to see that the Bureau continues to develop international links which will help ensure that the proceeds of crime will be tracked down, regardless of location". 

The ongoing development and support by CAB of the Divisional Asset Profiler’s Programme ensures that local knowledge is combined with the Bureau’s expertise in stripping criminals of illegally gained assets, to ensure that life is being made progressively more difficult for those who seek to profit from criminality and the consequent misery of others. There are currently 128 asset profilers in An Garda Síochána based in every county in Ireland, and this number will be reviewed in the light of changing needs and requirements.

In 2009 the Bureau:

· obtained interim orders to the value of over €11.5 million and Interlocutory Orders ("final" restraint orders) to the value of over €3.5 million;

· collected over €5 million in taxes and interest;

· made social welfare savings of over €790,000 and recoveries of over €160,000.

 

Since its statutory inception in October 1996 and up to 31st December 2009 the Bureau:

· has obtained interim and "final" restraint orders to the value of over €87 million and over €41.5 million, respectively.

· taxes and interest demanded was over €160 million, with over €129 million collected

· saved over €3.7 million in social welfare payments and recovered overpayments of almost €4.8 million.

A table setting out the successes of the Criminal Assets Bureau 1996 - 2009 based on Annual Reports 1996 - 2009 is attached beneath.

The full report is available on the Department's website www.justice.ie.

 

 26 October 2010 

 

The successes of the Criminal Assets Bureau 1996 - 2009 

 

Orders obtained under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996

 

Section 2 Interim Orders

Section 3 Interlocutory Orders

1996

€ 2,667,719

1996

€ 2,600,424

1997

€ 2,964,432

1997

€ 1,899,756

1998

€ 2,136,391

1998

€ 1,385,808

1999

€ 1,904,607

1999

€ 1,033,134

2000

€ 1,064,721

Stg £52,230

2000

€ 2,083,913

2001

€ 2,377,781

Stg £491,114

2001

€ 1,705,196

Stg £279,636

US$ 224,926

2002

€ 3,709,086

Stg £17,802,004

US$5,558,377

2002

€ 2,504,669

Stg £1,993,094

US$5,247,821

2003

€3,045,842

Stg £12,150

2003

€71,699

Stg £557,070

2004

€1,027,152

Stg£6,115

2004

€1,688,651

Stg£375

2005

€5,860,335

US$314,620

 

2005

€1,200,526

Stg26,760

US$130,000

2006

€2,974,856

£294,289

2006

€5,059,346

 

2007

€9,804,193

£30,690

2007

€6,531,594

2008

€5,022,051

£4,860

2008

€2,501,803

£150,315

2009

€11,012,543

£20,630

$760,052

2009

€3,763,251

 

Total

1996 to

2009

 

 

Overall Total 

€ 55,571,709

Stg £ 18,714,082

US$    6,633,049

 

 

€ 88,085,096 m approx.

 

Total

1996 to

2009

€ 34,029,770

Stg £ 3,007,250

US$  5,377,821

 

 

€ 42,401,424 m approx.

 


 

Revenue Actions

Year Ending

Taxes Assessed

Taxes and Interest Demanded

Taxes Collected

1996

4,002,079

4,372,975

Nil

1997

7,946,235

6,616,207

251,700

1998

8,309,226

13,706,312

789,459

1999

9,971,706

17,083,072

2,998,207

2000

12,625,172

6,168,662

8,595,134

2001

18,638,050

8,344,701

23,561,666

2002

9,954,554

12,830,763

10,003,816

2003

7,405,114

7,198,272

9,991,022

2004

5,519,474

5,497,449

16,408,649

2005

14,078,812

4,888,818

16,376,599

2006

13,720,477

16,473,750

19,192,907

2007

18,370,867

19,130,179

10,009,459

2008

23,435,212

13,922,431

5,891,625

2009

18,314,334

24,487,099

5,100,495

Total

172,293,780

160,732,291

129,178,204

 

Social Welfare Actions

Year

Overpayments Assessed

Savings

1996

42,199

Nil

1997

235,878

296,634

1998

356,889

281,214

1999

416,163

341,527

2000

Nil

137,146

2001

317,404

192,803

2002

350,347

155,481

2003

518,885

109,654

2004

262,049

222,921

2005

338,296

216,054

2006

439,704

297,744

2007

531,957

550,977

2008

358,726

712,616

2009

790,517

720,425

Total

4,817,053

4,955,621