Trailers Are for Travelers 

What were million-dollar Irish scam artists doing living in this trailer park?

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Lawyers for Davenport and Broderick argue that, by having their assets during the investigation, the group has already paid full restitution, if not more than it owes. According to Giller, of the $821,000 seized by the government, including the $300,000 cashier's check that was frozen en route to the Bank of Ireland, only $221,000 has been returned to Broderick. That's not counting the vehicles the trio owned, which the government also seized. The lawyers say that if the government turns the remainder over to the Home Depot, the corporation doesn't stand to lose a penny from the whole ordeal. "Home Depot is either going to be totally made whole or make a profit," Horowitz says.

Odell finds this assertion rather ridiculous. "There's no way that we made any money off this particular deal because we got restitution," the investigator says. "We can probably go back and determine that's a fraction of the actual damages."

But the three defendants and their lawyers say not all of the money in their bank accounts originally belonged to Home Depot. "They're claiming that a lot of that money was their own money and the government has gotten a windfall here," Giller says. After all, he points out, some of the money in those bank accounts was derived from legitimate means, including the salary from Davenport's career as an engineer and the proceeds from real-estate transactions the group had made in the United Kingdom. "Of the money found," Hay agrees, "we proved that over $500,000 of it had been in the same bank, untouched, for six or seven years, and that this money had nothing whatsoever to do with our case, but they still took it from us."

Which is why Hay and his fellow Travelers actually claim that, in the end, they're the ones getting ripped off.

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