A solicitor has been arrested by fraud squad detectives investigating the activities of members of a notorious Dublin family who have been involved in bogus insurance claims that have yielded more than €1m.
The veteran solicitor, who is based in west Dublin, was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of deception and money laundering as part of an investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).
He was questioned all day at Ronanstown garda station before being released without charge late on Monday night.
Officers also raided his business office and seized documentation and other items.
He was questioned for deception and money laundering offences in relation to a number of cases where he allegedly facilitated bogus claims for 'trips and falls' against Kildare County Council, which would have had a potential loss to the local authorities of €100,000.
"He was acting for a notorious female swindler who has convictions before the court, and investigations have showed he was acting for her when she used two different names in the same period of time while attempting to sue the local authorities," a senior source said.
"Gardaí suspect he was complicit in her activities."
In recent months the GNECB has been increasingly focusing its attention on the activities of "dodgy solicitors".
In a completely separate case last month, a 60-year-old solicitor who was formerly under major threat from notorious gangland criminal Alan Wilson was arrested at his Rathmines home as part of an investigation into the forgery of property deeds.
"The solicitor arrested on Monday has a long-established practice in Dublin and has decades of experience," a senior source said.
The woman he represented is a member of a family based organised crime gang which is suspected of making up to 60 fraudulent claims against local authorities.
Three generations of the same family were arrested as part of the same investigation last October.