16/12/2004

Pearson welcomes latest Assets Recovery success

Security Minister and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) Ian Pearson has praised the latest success of Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) after the assets of alleged alcohol smugglers were seized yesterday.

The Minister was speaking after ARA successfully started an action against brothers Gerard and Fearghal Keenan who were allegedly involved in alcohol smuggling.

Following searches at residential and commercial premises in Keady and Dungannon, an Interim Receiver appointed to act on behalf of the High Court took control of substantial assets worth around £300,000 including: two houses in Keady and Dungannon; a series of companies known as The Kilcluney Group; the assets in 11 bank accounts; and two company vans.

Mr Pearson said: “This latest action by ARA, the second in a few days, is further proof that there is no hiding place for those who try and profit through crime.

“The Agency has shown, and is showing time and time again, its commitment to putting criminals out of business.

“Effective co-operation between agencies here through the Organised Crime Task Force is making a real difference in the fight against crime.”

(MB)

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