It was put to the Monk in his first-ever television interview last night that he had accumulated his wealth at around the same time as IR£4 million was stolen from a Securicor van at Marino Mart in 1987 and Clonshaugh in 1995.
Later the Belfast High Court found that Stg£75,000 in his Northern Bank account was from the Marino Robbery and gave it back to Securicor.
Gerry Hutch, who is a millionaire, said: “The money in my bank account was not out of the Securicor robbery.
“I did not do the robbery and I was not laundering money.
“What can I say? If everyone believes I done it, hands up, I didn’t do them. That’s all I can say.
“I done a lot of business in property, it was a good time and that’s where I made me money. If people say armed robberies, so be it. I mean I was questioned about these armed robberies you are talking about so, we’ll let them decide, the people.”
The Monk admitted he was a man of influence in the community and that he had committed crimes, some of which he had got away with.
“Oh yes [I am] a convicted criminal, yes I know that, but not a convicted armed robber, not a convicted hit man you know, no, no convicted drug dealer no, I’m not,” he said.
He said the reason the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) reached a £1.2m settlement with him was because of tax evasion.
However, in the same programme, Chief Superintendent John O’Mahoney, head of CAB, said: “There are people out there who would have you believe that a certificate of tax clearance meant that people were innocent of criminality. A certificate of tax clearance is just that — it is not a certificate of innocence. We tax the proceeds of crime.”