The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized bank accounts, cash, luxury goods and six vehicles from a criminal gang that preys on the elderly and the vulnerable with sham house repairs.
The outfit conducts crime sprees nationwide and secures cash payments by pretending to carry out roof repairs and other domestic jobs.
The CAB has taken control of 17 bank accounts with almost €500,000 in them linked to the gang.
More than 150 CAB officers and gardaí took part in Tuesday's operation.
Eight homes and two professional offices in Kildare and west Dublin were searched and two men - aged 19 and 40 – were arrested in relation to the Theft and Fraud Offence Act.
- €51,000 in cash;
- Eight Rolex watches;
- Two Chanel bags;
- A Canada Goose jacket;
- Three 201 Ford Focus cars;
- A 202 Ford Transit;
- A 202 CITROËN Berlingo;
- And a 191 Volkswagen Golf
The bureau said that, to date, the investigation has identified and restrained seventeen bank accounts containing cumulative funds of €495,000.
“The organised crime gang is based primarily in the Kildare area,” a CAB statement said. “They are involved in the nationwide targeting of the elderly and the vulnerable on the pretence of conducting home repairs and roofing work.
“This operation is a significant development in the on-going criminal and proceeds of crime investigations by [CAB] and Tallaght District Detective Unit.” CAB said its investigation started following a referral from a divisional asset profiler attached to Tallaght District Detective Unit.
CAB was supported during the operation by the Emergency Response Unit, Tallaght District Detective Unit, Kildare Divisional Detective Unit, Eastern Regional Armed Support Unit, Garda National Immigration Bureau, the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.