Cash con­fis­cated from cou­ple is still be­ing held


Bray People - - NEWS -

A YOUNG cou­ple is still with­out the use of €14,850 cash which they say is their life sav­ings but which the State sus­pects may be linked to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The money was seized from Ro­ma­nian na­tion­als Flo­rian and Maria Tabara, of 28 The Fairviews, Wood­brook Glen, Bray, at Ross­lare Har­bour on Au­gust 29 last.

A rul­ing was made at Wex­ford Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day (Novem­ber 27) to al­low the State con­tinue to hold the money for up to a fur­ther three months, to al­low fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion as to where it came from.

Cus­toms and Ex­cise Of­fi­cer An­drew Keyes told the court the money was taken from the cou­ple as they ar­rived into the State. There was a sus­pi­cion that the cash may have been linked to crime, and an or­der to al­low it be held for three months was made at Gorey Court at the time. They were now seek­ing an or­der for a fur­ther three months.

Mr Keyes said there was some ex­pla­na­tion that the money be­longed to Mrs Tabara, but she had no vis­i­ble source of in­come and so there­fore could not have saved such money le­git­i­mately. He also said Mr Tabara said he had been em­ployed since 2012, but there was no record of this and he was not regis­tered for in­come tax un­til after the cash was seized. Ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ro­ma­nian au­thor­i­ties are on­go­ing, Mr Keyes said.

Mr Tabara told the court that the money was in fact his sav­ings from money earned as a main­te­nance per­son with a prop­erty man­age­ment firm in Dublin. It was the in­ten­tion of he and his wife to use the money to buy a house back in Ro­ma­nia, so they had taken it out in cash to travel back there and try find a prop­erty, as it is the cus­tom there to ne­go­ti­ate di­rectly with the owner of a prop­erty and of­fer a cash deal.

How­ever, they did not find a house to suit, and so they still had the cash with them as they came back to Ire­land.

His solic­i­tor handed in sev­eral doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to Mr Tabara’s in­come and bank ac­count. Judge Ger­ard Haughton ruled how­ever that since this ma­te­rial had only re­cently been handed over, the au­thor­i­ties were en­ti­tled to more time to in­ves­ti­gate. He there­fore granted the State ap­pli­ca­tion.

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