Fraud Squad Raids Anglo

The headquarters of the Anglo Irish Bank have been raided by Gardaí investigating dealings at the bank.

The Corporate Enforcement arm of the Gardaí secured a warrant yesterday to seize and search books, documents, computer files and hard drives.

Officers were believed to be looking for evidence of breaches of the Companies Act, and information on the infamous "Golden Circle" ring, which received multi-million euro loans to buy shares in the bank.

Some leading bankers could face questioning, and possibly arrest and trial if illegal actions are discovered amongst the seized data.

Fine Gael's Finance Spokesman Richard Bruton said "The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement must take the lead role in all investigations into recent bank transactions which may have breached company law and financial regulation."

The investigation into the bank took a leap forward yesterday when the new acting Financial Regulator Mary O'Dea revealed she had agreed to share all of the information her office had gathered on Anglo Irish's dealings.

This led to the fast tracking of the Gardaí investigation, as officers begin to compile a case. Following news of the raids yesterday, Taoiseach has said the Garda investigation at Anglo Irish Bank must be allowed to take its course, and that to comment on the investigation in the Dáil might prejudice any possible trial.


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