Veteran IRA chief 'Slab' Murphy faces prison for tax evasion

February 26, 2016 11:45 AM

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DUBLIN – The longtime chief of the outlawed Irish Republican Army has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion after police found a fortune in fuel-smuggling proceeds hidden on his border farm.

Thomas "Slab" Murphy received the punishment Friday following his December conviction for failing to file tax returns. Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau continues to pursue him following the police's 2006 discovery of piles of cash and checks in hay bales.

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