Suspected member of ‘Black Axe’ fraud gang known as ‘The Banker’ arrested as Gardai seize €35k cash

Irish police were going to call him ‘The Shoe Collector’ and then found a few hundred euros.

(Please note the Sun has a long history of accurate, high level and highly respected journalism)

A SUSPECTED member of the notorious ‘Black Axe’ fraud gang known as ‘The Banker’ has been arrested by gardai, the Irish Sun can reveal.

The man was nabbed by investigators from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau under ‘Operation Skein’.

He’s now being held under gangland legislation.

Gardai have also seized €35,000 in cash and frozen €100,000 in bank accounts.

We can also reveal officers also recovered an Irish passport, a South African passport and a Nigerian passport.

A source said: “This is a very significant arrest of someone who is considered to be high up in this criminal organisation.”

The huge garda operation – under the command of Det Supt Michael Cryan and Det Chief Supt Pat Lordan – was launched to target the gang suspected of laundering €14.4m through Irish banks.

The cash laundered in Irish accounts was raised through invoice redirect scams across the world.

As part of the probe, gardai are also working with Interpol, Europol, the FBI and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Gardai have also identified 400 suspects, made over 100 arrests and sent files to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Conman Giuseppe Diviccaro, 45, is just one of those who was caged after he opened seven bank accounts here and recruited 13 people from Italy to travel to Ireland to open accounts.

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