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€2.5m CAB bill for 'Fat' Andy Connors' widow

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Andy Connors aka 'Fat Andy'
Andy Connors aka 'Fat Andy'

The widow of a murdered gangland boss has been stuck with a €2.5million bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau due to her deceased partner's criminal dealings.

Ann Connors, wife of slain crime boss 'Fat' Andy Connors, has been hit with a massive bill by the Criminal Assests Bureau.

The widow had the bill registered against her on February 15, according to the Irish Daily Star.

Father of six 'Fat' Andy Connors was gunned down in front of his wife and some of their children at his home in Saggart, west Dublin, in August 2014.

He had acted as a bank-roller for several drug trafficking gangs over the past decade, and was buried in a €28k gold-plated coffin.

Gardai believe that 'Fat Andy' ran one of Ireland’s largest burglary gangs.

Ann Connors with her children at Andy Connors' grave

The CAB bill is a reflection of the authorities’ estimate of the amount of money Connors made from his criminal enterprises.

'Fat' Andy also led a traveller gang – known as the Pale Connors – who were one of the first to use the motorway network to target rural homes and regularly terrorised elderly and vulnerable people living on their own.

The CAB has the power to target Ann Connors, despite her husband being dead for over 19 months.

Ironically, last month the widow was forced to call gardai as the family home was burgled after she had moved back in for the first time since her husband was killed.

The CAB has now taken judgements against nine properties in Ann Connors’ name, as an arduous legal process to take back criminal proceeds through the sale of these properties begins.

Slain gang boss Connors had dozens of convictions for burglary and continued carrying out break-ins himself despite his millions. 

'Fat Andy' was also the chief suspect for an assault on an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) not long before he was killed.

It is understood that he fell foul of renegade INLA extortionists with links to a well-known businessman.

He was then gunned down by a suspected INLA hitman in 2014.

The slain gang boss had previously settled a hefty bill with the CAB in 2004, reported to be in the region of €150,000.

Connors had been a top target of Garda Operations Fiacla and Acer which attempted to thwart the movements of the country’s most notorious burglary gangs.