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Paving the way out Irish driveway crew launch appeal after being jailed over €4m tax dodge in Sweden

Originally from Tipperary, they had run a number of landscaping and driveway businesses in the Scandinavian country where they failed to pay tax on their income.

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John O’Connor.

John O’Connor.

Darren O’Connor's wife Chantal.

Darren O’Connor's wife Chantal.

Caroline Lindstrom was not jailed.

Caroline Lindstrom was not jailed.

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John O’Connor.

Four Irish brothers jailed in Sweden for a massive tax dodge are pinning their hopes of freedom on an appeal due to be heard later this month.

The O'Connor brothers, John (39), Edward (26), Mark (29) and James (27) were all sentenced to three years and eight months in prison at Stockholm District Court in March.

Originally from Tipperary, they had run a number of landscaping and driveway businesses in the Scandinavian country where they failed to pay tax on their income.

The appeal process is due to kick off on May 24 and will continue until June as judges will review the evidence in the case.

A court official confirmed that the four O'Connor brothers remain in custody.

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Flashback: Our story about the brothers

Flashback: Our story about the brothers

Flashback: Our story about the brothers

A fifth brother, Thomas O'Connor (37), was previously named in court documents as still being wanted by prosecutors in relation to the the €4 million tax dodge.

Two Swedish residents who were involved in the administration of the business were convicted of their part in the scam but were not given prison sentences.

Swedish authorities mounted a huge investigation into the brothers and their companies in 2020 and were supported by the Criminal Assets Bureau in Ireland.

Europol revealed in February that €100,000 in cash was seized during searches, while CAB said 16 bank accounts and funds of €540,000 were frozen.

A series of raids and arrests were made in Sweden last October after authorities started investigating the transfer of large sums of money from Edward O'Connor's bank account.

In the criminal court judgement against them, the brothers were found to have deliberately transferred cash to avoid paying any tax in "an organised and systematic manner."

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Much of the cash paid by customers to the brothers through their landscaping and driveway business ended up being transferred straight back to Ireland.

The written verdict at Stockholm District Court revealed how a large number of different bank accounts were used and dozens of transfers made between them.

The brothers had opened new accounts when some bank officials began to ask questions about the large deposits and transfers.

The court heard that when they were arrested there was almost no money left in any of their bank accounts, as it had been transferred out of Sweden.

James Darren O'Connor had previously run a business in Sweden, leaving a large unpaid tax bill, and had changed his name to James Kenneally.

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James Darren O’Connor.

James Darren O’Connor.

James Darren O’Connor.

In the published judgement it was stated the crimes the brothers are convicted of "may be considered very serious."

"It appears to be well planned and has been committed together and in agreement with others. It has targeted fiscal interests and typically affects other legal players in the industry in terms of competition," the judgment read.

Prosecutors had asked three of the brothers to be deported from the Kingdom of Sweden when finished their sentences.

Prosecution documents in the case revealed the meticulous investigation included downloads of information taken from seized iPhones and a Macbook.

Hundreds of receipts, emails, texts and bank transactions were traced and used to show how the brothers operated.

Investigators also used photographs of the group at work and linked payments from customers to cash transfers to bank accounts controlled by the O'Connors.

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