Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Convicted IRA man ordered to pay £600k in Irish tax probe

A judgment for more than €600,000 (£522,000) has been secured against a convicted IRA man who was suspected of laundering money from the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast.

Don Bullman, a chef from Wilton in Cork, was found with more than €94,000 in a Daz washing powder box when he was arrested by gardai in Dublin in 2005 – and he was subsequently jailed for IRA membership.

The High Court in Dublin has now granted a judgment to the Republic's Criminal Assets Bureau for more than €600,000 for what was described as Revenue debts following an investigation into his financial affairs.

The court heard that bureau officers probed Bullman's tax assessments from 1999 to 2004. Their assessment of Bullman's financial position was subsequently affirmed on appeal. The High Court was told that the bureau had collected some money but significant debts were still outstanding.

Bullman was arrested in 2005 by gardai acting on intelligence that members of the Provisional IRA from the Cork region were involved in the movement of money that was part of the proceeds from the Northern Bank robbery in December 2004 when £26.5m was stolen.

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