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NCA secures Carrickfergus homes linked to East Antrim UDA

The National Crime Agency secured a civil recovery order for money believed to be linked to the South East Antrim UDA. Credit: NCA

An alleged loyalist paramilitary member and associates have agreed to hand over £120,000 after the National Crime Agency (NCA) accused them of purchasing homes with criminal assets.

The NCA secured a civil recovery order for around £120,000 allegedly linked to the South East Antrim UDA under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The investigation, carried out by NCA financial and tax investigators working as part of the multi-agency Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), relates to residential properties owned by an alleged member of the paramilitary group, his partner and associates.

The order we have obtained following our investigation is for a sizeable sum, and it demonstrates the NCA’s commitment to pursue assets obtained through unlawful activity, and denying criminals the proceeds of their crimes.

– NCA Branch Commander David Cunningham

The NCA alleged that the properties, in the Carrickfergus area, were purchased using the proceeds of illegal money lending, mortgage fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.

As a result of the investigation the defendants decided not to contest the case and agreed to pay a cash figure to settle. An order was granted by Belfast High Court on 15 January.

They will now have six months to sell their properties and hand over the money.

“As part of the PCTF we will continue to use the tools provided under the Proceeds of Crime Act to prevent those involved with paramilitary organisations from making financial gain from their activities,” NCA Branch Commander David Cunningham said.