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Man Arrested - Operation SKEIN, Balbriggan. 2nd June, 2021

Issue Date: 02/06/2021

Gardaí attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have arrested a man, aged 32 years, in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, this morning Wednesday 2nd June, 2021.

The man was arrested in relation to an offence of directing a criminal organisation, contrary to Sec 71A of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006 as amended. He is also suspected to be involved in the recruitment of money mules and the laundering of the proceeds of crime through multiple bank accounts. During the course of the arrest a large amount of potential evidence was seized including phones, laptops, bank cards and other documents.

The man is currently detained under the provisions of Sec 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 at Balbriggan Garda Station and can be detained for up to 7 days.

This arrest is the 3rd person arrested for directing this criminal organisation. It is known now that this criminal organisation have stolen over €14 million worldwide in invoice redirect frauds/BEC frauds with at least €8 - €9 million laundered through the bank accounts of gang members and money mules all over Ireland.