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Fraudster Deividas Kaciukas who was part of staged compo plot jailed after being busted

A fraudster exposed by The Irish Sun over a €180,000 set-up smash has been jailed after being busted with a €1million cache of drugs and guns.

Conman Deividas Kaciukas gave our reporter the finger as we lifted the lid on how the schemer was part of a major staged crash compo plot.

The haul seized by Gardai

The Lithuanian scammer, of Swords, north Co Dublin, later moved on from fraudulent compensation bids to drugs and weapons.

But the crook is now behind bars after a huge drugs, guns and money bust.

Kaciukas, 42, was last week caged for seven-and-a-half years at Trim Circuit Court in Co Meath after being rumbled as the caretaker of a €1million cache of drugs and guns for an organised crime gang.

The bumper seizure was made following a search operation in Rathfeigh, Co Meath, 18 months ago.

Drugs valued at almost €1million were bagged, close to €500,000 in cash confiscated and three firearms also found.

The haul included a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and two .380 automatic machine ­pistols, as well as ammunition for the weapons and silencers for the two machine pistols.

During a search of vehicles at the site of two lock-up garages, gardai found cocaine with a street value of €105,000, cannabis worth €120,000, MDMA tablets worth €440,000, MDMA in powder form worth €340,000, and €11,000 worth of Xanax.

Kaciukas was living in a caravan at the site at the time and €490,000 in five wrapped bundles was discovered in the boot of a car parked beside the caravan.

Trim Circuit Court heard that Kaciukas, a driver by trade, was being paid to collect and deliver the drugs in a van fitted with a false bottom operated by a remote control.

The court was also told the defendant received his instructions on an encrypted mobile phone app.

Kaciukas admitted he would often use drugs on a recreational basis.

A defence barrister said his ­client was the “caretaker of an Aladdin’s cave of illegal ­substances” and had got involved because of his vulnerability after falling into redundancy.

The lawyer said: “Once he stepped into this cesspit he couldn’t step back.”

Kaciukas was convicted of the possession of drugs for sale or supply and possession of arms and ammunition on October 5, 2020, at Rathfeigh, Tara, Co Meath.

Sentencing him this week, Judge Martina Baxter noted that it was very clear the defendant had been in a position of trust in a sophisticated ­operation.

Judge Baxter hit Kaciukas with a jail term of nine years with the final 18 months suspended on the drugs charge and a concurrent term of seven years on the arms charge.

Both sentences were backdated to October 10, 2020, when Kaciukas was taken into custody.

The Irish Sun has been on Kaciukas’s trail for a number of years, tracking the criminal down to his Swords bolthole.

Kaciukas gave our reporter the finger as we lifted the lid on how he was part of a €180,000 fraud that collapsed in court.

The Lithuanian and his two passengers only withdrew €60,000 compensation bids on the day their case was to be heard after learning at the last minute that the fraud had been uncovered.

The €180,000 compensation plot began when his neighbour Rainmaldas Vaswtis rented a motor from Hertz which rear-ended Kaciukas’s car.

Kaciukas and Vaswtis’ staged prang took place at the Holywell roundabout beside their Swords estate in north Co Dublin.

After the fake accident in February 2015, Kaciukas and his passengers Audrius Stelmokas, 39, and Julius Zivelis, 31, all filed personal injury suits looking for up to €60,000 a pop.

But they slammed the brakes on their Circuit Civil Court cases after defendant Hertz Rent-A-Car found out they were bogus.

Private investigator Joe McGuinn, of Wide Eye Investigations, led the probe into the claims.

Hertz later secured judgments against the men involved to recover the costs incurred. The Irish Sun can reveal Kaciukas has failed to cough up a cent of the probe bill money of almost €13,000.



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