GARDAÍ are asking the Cork public to report any people who have flashy cars, who go on a lot of holidays but don’t appear to work to the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
Fourteen CAB investigations are currently active in Cork and the organisation is appealing to the public to come forward with information on additional cases.
Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin said the organisation is looking to extend its work across the country including Cork.
At the moment, he said half of all CAB cases are in Dublin and in Cork they typically handle drug dealing, burglary, theft and organised prostitution investigations.
“If you think you know someone who has flashy cars, who goes on a lot of holidays but doesn’t appear to work, report them to CAB,” Det Chief Supt Clavin said.
“We will look into it and you will not have to give evidence in court. If you think there are people that we should be looking at, let us know.”
Det Chief Supt Clavin explained that CAB monitors the Garda Pulse system as well as social media.
“It is not as easy to hide assets of wealth as you would think. It is possible to go after them wherever they are.
“There was an instance of a racehorse that was owned by people we were watching which won a race at Cheltenham and they posted it on social media. We got a court order against the horse and seized the prize money.”
The CAB Chief Bureau Officer also said holiday homes such as mobile homes are a common commodity for criminals.
Chief Superintendent Gerard Dillane also encouraged people to make contact with An Garda Siochána or CAB if they suspect someone is enjoying a lifestyle funded by crime.
“We have local profilers within the Gardaí which are trained by the bureau to assist in CAB enquiries.
We have suspects on our radar, the problem is we need something concrete. The public are our eyes and ears. Pass on the information to us, you will never appear in court and we often take anonymous information.”