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Criminal Assets Bureau returned €185,000 in dole overpayments to the State in 2015

The bureau has published its annual report for last year.

Dublin crime gang raids Source: Niall Carson

THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB) returned €3.8 million to the State during the course of its investigations last year.

The Bureau today published its annual report for 2015.

€1.6 million was forwarded by CAB to the State funds via Proceeds of Crime legislation last year according to the report.

Over €2 million in revenue was likewise returned to the State coffers.

Meanwhile, over €185,000 in social welfare overpayments was delivered back to central funds.

13 new proceeds-of-crime proceedings were brought before the High Court in 2015 by CAB.

The Bureau demanded over €6.6 million in taxes and interest during last year, while overall social welfare savings amounted to over €483,000.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said today that the Bureau has “garnered significant recognition for the work that it does both nationally and internationally” in the 20 years of its existence.

CAB was set up in 1996 in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Veronica Guerin. 71 people are currently employed at the Bureau.

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