TWO brothers accused of money laundering and mortgage fraud have agreed to hand over their family home to ‘The Untouchables’.
The North Antrim pair on Wednesday agreed to settle High Court proceedings against them by the Serious Organised Crime Agency – dubbed ‘The Untouchables’.
SOCA uses the civil courts to go after criminals who police can’t successfully prosecute in the criminal court due to a lack of evidence.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency has been granted a civil recovery order by consent against Edward and James Mullan.
In its application, SOCA alleged that the pair had derived property through money laundering and mortgage fraud.
The case, brought under proceeds of crime legislation, was due to be heard at the High Court in Belfast.
But it was confirmed that a resolution has been reached in the case against 41-year-old Edward Mullan, of MagheramenaghPark, and James Mullan (44) of Hopefield Gardens, both in Portrush.
A SOCA spokesman said: “The defendants agreed to settle SOCA’s civil recovery claim by handing over assets, namely a family home in Portrush.”
After being told of the development Mr Justice Treacy agreed to make the order for civil recovery.