· Over €6.7 million returned to the Exchequer by CAB in 2013

· Minister commends CAB on their “continued successes in targeting the illicit assets of those who seek to live off the ill-gotten gains of criminal activity.”

 

Wednesday, 8th October 2014

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., has today laid the Annual Report on the activities of the Criminal Assets Bureau for 2013 before the Houses of the Oireachtas. This is the eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau since its establishment in 1996.

The Minister said, “I wish to commend the staff of the Bureau on their continued successes in targeting the illicit assets of those who seek to live off the ill-gotten gains of criminal activity. The Bureau provides an invaluable service on behalf of the State. This Government is committed to supporting the Bureau in its work and to the strengthening of its powers for the future.

At international level the call for better and more efficient mechanisms to target and recover the proceeds of crime continue to be made. Ireland, through the work of the Bureau, has established itself as a jurisdiction that is responding to that challenge and the work of the Bureau is internationally recognised as a best practice approach to tackling criminality and the illicit monies it generates.

The Report outlines the activities of the Bureau during the course of 2013, in pursuit of its statutory remit, detailing actions brought by the Bureau under the proceeds of crime, revenue and social welfare legislation.

During 2013, the Bureau returned in excess of €6.7 million to the Exchequer. This total includes:

· €1.03m returned under Proceeds of Crime legislation,

· €5.41m collected under Revenue legislation, and

· €0.28m recovered in Social Welfare overpayments.

In addition, the Bureau brought eight new proceeds of crime proceedings before the High Court obtaining Interim Orders (freezing orders) to the value of €2.8m. Furthermore, taxes and interest demanded during the year was valued at over €26.4 million and social welfare savings amounted to over €497,403.

Since its statutory inception in October 1996 and up to 31 December 2013 the Bureau:

· Has obtained interim orders (freezing orders) to the value of almost €72 million, £18,783,STG and US$6,633,049 and Interlocutory Orders (final restraint orders) to the value of over €49million, £3,080,498 STG and $6,077,710 USD;

· Taxes and interest demanded was over €239 million, with over €144 million collected; and

· Made social welfare savings of over €7 million and recoveries of almost €3 million.

The Annual Report is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality at http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PB14000270

and the website of An Garda Síochána (www.garda.ie).

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Notes for Editors:

The Annual Report is laid before the Houses pursuant to Section 21 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996.

The Criminal Assets Bureau was established by Government in 1996. The Bureau’s remit is to target the assets, wherever situated, of persons which derive or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct.

The Bureau is a statutory body with staff drawn from An Garda Síochána, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Justice and Equality. The current staffing level of the Bureau is 71.

Asset profilers trained by the Bureau continue to provide a criminal asset profiling service in each Garda Division in relation to persons or suspects operating within their area, with particular reference to those involved in drug dealing and serious criminal activity.

Currently the number of trained Garda Asset Profilers is 172 plus 19 Revenue Customs and 3 Social Protection trained assets profilers, making a total of 194 throughout the country.