Cab Target 15 Global Criminals
Byline: DECLAN FAHY
THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is to seize the assets of up to 15 international crime lords, it was revealed yesterday.
They are targeting the top gangsters who either live or have property in Ireland but carry out their crimes abroad.
CAB boss Det Chief Supt Felix McKenna said: "There are a lot of people living in Ireland engaged in criminal activity that is not carried out here but in other jurisdictions.
"We have a high number of such cases, up to 15, under the Proceeds of Crime legislation.
"These include Dutch, Scottish, English and US criminals, many of them major players."
In recent months CAB has successfully hit a number of foreign crime bosses based in Ireland.
Their latest was convicted British drug trafficker Geoffrey Donovan, 62, who lived in a small Co Wexford village for 10 years among neighbours unaware of his criminal activities.
CAB seized Donovan' s EUR500,000 home after the High Court last week granted an order to seize the property. Donovan had no visible means of income when he bought the house near Blessington, in 1998 without a mortgage.
His common law wife Sandra was living in the house.
Donovan claimed he had transferred his interest in the property to her, but CAB officials found his girlfriend had signed a contract to eventually return it to him. …