Saturday 16 December 2017

Three men see €100k confiscated by Revenue

Two Louth men and a Dublin man have had over €100,000 confiscated in three separate applications as proceeds of crime after they were stopped at Dublin airport by revenue officials.

Two Louth men and a Dublin man have had over €100,000 confiscated in three separate applications as proceeds of crime after they were stopped at Dublin airport by revenue officials.

Dundalk man Samuel McLoughlin (35) claimed he was carrying the money to buy furniture at a trade fair but investigators discovered the fair had ended the previous week.

Customs officials found cash gift wrapped with a gift card made out to 'baby Paula' in the luggage of Michael Henry Duffy (32), of Fatima Park, Dundalk, Louth.

Mr. McLoughlin of Waterview, Dundalk, Mr. Duffy and Paul Brendan Byrne (40) of Brookview, Tallaght, Dublin did not contest the separate applications brought on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners to confiscate the money seized from them, under Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2005.

John Byrne BL, prosecuting, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the applications were brought on foot of affidavits compiled by Revenue Investigators Patricia Smullen and Peadar O'Foghludha.

Mr. Byrne told the court that customs officers stopped Mr. McLoughlin at Dublin Airport on January 25, 2013. He told them he was flying to Scotland but it later emerged that he was actually booked on a flight to Brussels Charleroi airport and was booked on a return flight the same day.

He said that €10,000 he had on him was for the purpose of buying furniture at a trade fare in Cologne. Investigators established the trade fair had finished five days earlier.

After searching his hand luggage customs officers found another €10,000 concealed in the pockets of jeans.

Mr. McLoughlin said he was in the furniture trade and produced documents and invoices from Everyday Country, a Vietnamese company involved in exporting furniture. Counsel told the court that Everyday Country was the shipping agent for a €5.18 million shipment of contraband cigarettes delivered to a Dundalk furniture company .

Counsel said that in her affidavit Ms Smullen outlined that the shipping agent had confirmed that the importation had been arranged by a 'Sam McLoughlin'.

Revenue officials stopped Mr. Duffy on April 18, 2012 after a cash detector dog reacted to his luggage. Mr. Duffy denied at first he had cash on him but later admitted he had €50,000 in cash. When officials searched his bag they found the cash in two gift-wrapped packages.

The packages had gift cards attached reading 'To Conor with lots of love' and 'To baby Paula with lots of love'.

Mr. Duffy said he worked as a lorry driver and had borrowed the cash in order to pay down a mortgage in Torrevieja in Spain.

On April 22, 2012 customs officials stopped Mr. Byrne before he boarded a flight to Murcia, Spain, and found €39,800 in cash in his luggage, wrapped in eight quantities of €50 notes in his luggage.

Mr. Byrne of Brookview Way, Tallaght, said he was visiting his father in Spain and that the cash belonged to a friend of his father, named Paddy Duffy. He said Mr, Duffy is an estate agent and the money was for properties deals.

He said he had met Paddy Duffy in a pub and he had asked him to bring 'a few bob' to Spain for him. Paddy Duffy is the father of the third man Michael Duffy, Mr, O'Foghludha said in his affidavit.

Judge Ring granted the applications and confiscated the cash amounts.

The Argus

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