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Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report 2018

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) Annual Report for 2018 has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on the Tuesday 25th June 2019, having first been noted by the Government. This is the 23rd  Annual Report of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB). The report outlines the activities of the CAB during 2018, in the pursuit of its statutory remit; detailing actions brought under Proceeds of Crime , Revenue and Social Welfare legislation in successfully targeting the suspected proceeds of criminal conduct. 

2017 was a very busy year for the Bureau, with 30new Proceeds of Crime cases brought before the High Court, (compared to 28 in  2017). The value of assets frozen by the High Court is €8.39 million in 2018 (compared to €7.0million in 2017).  The number of assets frozen in new cases was 114 in 2017 (compared with 100 in 2017). 

In excess of €5.6 million was returned to the Exchequer through Proceeds of Crime legislation, Revenue and Social Protection provisions, compared to €4.3million in  2017. 

The Bureau remains committed to targeting Organised Criminal Groups and Individuals involved in criminal conduct where wealth and assets are derived from criminal conduct.  The Bureau targeted a number of Organised Crime Groups engaged  primarily in drug trafficking offences in burglary related crime in rural Ireland. 

During 2018, the Bureau continued to focus on the development of the Divisional Asset Profiler Network. This has resulted in an increase in the number of persons referred to the Bureau. 

The Bureau continues to co-ordinate its activities in a manner which takes cognisance of An Garda Siochana Policing Plan, and strategies of the Revenue Commissioners, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection as well as the Department of Justice and Equality.