Exclusive: Criminal Assets Bureau to hit rural crime gangs with massive tax bill
Criminal Assets Bureau moves to confiscate properties
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is demanding payments of over €4m in outstanding taxes from members of gangs suspected of being responsible for scores of burglaries and thefts nationwide.
This is the latest move by the CAB against gangs blamed for much of the crime wave that terrorised rural communities in the past few years.
The bid by the Bureau to hit gangs in the pocket comes as farmers have been warned to improve security on farms after a fresh spate of robberies.
The Bureau has already served the tax demands and is attempting to confiscate properties in part payment.
This follows a previous operation that netted almost €1m through a combination of the Proceeds of Crime legislation and action by the Revenue authorities and the Department of Social Protection.
Many of those being hit were key targets for Operation Thor which was set up in November 2015 and has resulted in a drop of 32pc in residential burglaries.