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garda probe Man (29) suspected of directing crime gang arrested as cash and designer clothes seized

The man who is being held is the fourth person arrested under Operation Skein

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Some of the items seized by gardai this morning

Some of the items seized by gardai this morning

Some of the items seized by gardai this morning

A man has been arrested on suspicion of directing a criminal organisation by gardai from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB). 

The 29-year-old is currently being quizzed at Kevin Street Garda Station where he can be held for up to seven days.

Officers with the GNECB, backed up by Blanchardstown gardaí and the Garda Dog Unit, conducted a search in the Clonsilla area of Dublin 15 earlier today as part of an ongoing bureau investigation.

During the course of the search, €4,500 cash alongside designer shoes, sunglasses and clothing were recovered.

The man who is being held is the fourth person arrested for directing this criminal organisation, which was carried out under Operation Skein.

This investigation is focused on international BEC/Invoice re-direct fraud being committed from Ireland and the laundering of the proceeds through accounts in this country.

“It is known now that this criminal organisation has stolen over €15 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,” gardai said.

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