An organised crime gang in the Ballymun area are raking in tens of thousands of euro each week in a sophisticated scam involving high quality forged NCT certs.
The Traveller mob are being actively investigated by specialist garda units in relation to their scam which has been ongoing for a number of years on the northside of Dublin.
"Essentially what is happening is that this gang are buying older cars at the lower end of the market, mostly for sums of less than €600," a source explained.
"A lot of these cars are barely roadworthy and what they are doing is placing fake NCT certs on the vehicles, and in some instances fake tax discs, to fool their customers. They have also been using fake logbooks."
The scam means that the mob have been typically making profits of up to 400pc on each car that they sell on.
"It is not unusual for them to buy a banger of a car for €300 that has no NCT or tax and then sell it on to an unsuspecting customer for €1,200 once they have all the forged certificates in place," the source said.
"While this may not seem a huge amount of cash in its own right, the scale of their operations mean that they are doing this dozens of time every week."
Gardai have increased pressure on the mob in recent weeks, but sources say that the Ballymun crime gang continue to make massive profits.
The main players in the mob are a father and son, and it is understood that some of their closest associates have played a major role in a bitter Traveller feud in the midlands that has been brewing for over a year in which they has been a number of non-fatal shootings.
The gang are closely connected to a millionaire Co Meath-based Traveller crime boss whose operations have been expanding in recent months.
Apart from being involved in drugs trafficking and a multi- million euro international car theft-ring in which cars that are being stolen to order across Ireland are being exported out of the country, the gang boss is suspected of organising a number of armed robberies recently.
This includes a €40,000 cash-in-transit robbery at Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas on the morning of Sunday, April 26 last in which a wheel-brace was used to threaten security staff.
A number of major operations are planned against the dangerous Traveller mobs.