Following an operation involving Ireland’s
Criminal Assets Bureau
officers and specialist gardaí, Thomas Murphy (58), once believed to be the
chief of staff of the Provisional IRA, was reportedly charged last night with
several offences under tax legislation and for failing to file tax returns
between 1996 and 2004.
The Irish Times, quoting ‘sources’, identified Murphy as a man ‘in
his fifties’ who had been arrested in the Dundalk area and detained at Drogheda
Garda station. He will appear at a sitting of the district court in Ardee at
Murphy reputedly has built up a fortune of between £35m to £40m from money
laundering and smuggling and has been under security force surveillance for many
years although never convicted.
He owns a farm on the Louth-Armagh border which was searched in 2006 as part
of an investigation by revenue police. In a statement in 2006, Murphy denied
charges that he was involved in smuggling and tax evasion.
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