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Criminal Assets Bureau.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 February 2005

Tuesday, 1 February 2005

Questions (276)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

278 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Criminal Assets Bureau investigations related to proceeds of drug trafficking since its establishment; the number of CAB investigations into tax evasion since its establishment; the number of CAB investigations into corruption since its establishment; the number of seizures in each category; the value of the assets seized in each category; and the value of assets sought but not yet seized in each category. [2817/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that most Criminal Asset Bureau actions relate to assets suspected to derive from drug trafficking, money laundering, prostitution, fraud, corruption, receiving stolen property and tax fraud. Data on such actions cannot be neatly categorised in terms of area of criminal activity because usually there are overlaps. Statistics on moneys seized or collected by the Criminal Assets Bureau in respect of the period 1996 to 2003 are as follows:

Proceeds of Crime Action

Section 2 Interim Orders

€19,870,580.02

Stg£18,357,498.09

US$ 5,783,303.00

Section 3 Interlocutory Orders

€13,284,599.61

Stg£ 2,829,799.70

US$ 5,247,821.00

Revenue Action

Taxes Assessed

€78,841,922.14

Tax Demanded

€76,320,965.00

Tax Collected

€56,191,004.00

Social Welfare

Overpayments Assessed

€2,237,765.45

Savings to the Exchequer

€1,514,459.42

The number of applications, with the number of defendants shown in brackets, made to the High Court under proceeds of crime legislation over the eight year period 1996 to 2003 was:

Section 2

58

(95)

Section 3

53

(70)

Section 7

48

(47)

The number of tax assessments issued over the same eight year period is set out in the following table:

1996-1998

162

1999

183

2000

120

2001

144

2002

142

2003

182

The Criminal Assets Bureau cannot give details of ongoing investigations. Further information on the activities of the Criminal Assets Bureau since its establishment in 1996 are contained in the annual reports of the bureau. Copies of these are available in the Oireachtas Library.

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