Drug baron told to pay £185m – or face a further 10 years in jail – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in assets recovery, drug offences, drug trafficking, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“One of Britain’s most notorious drug smugglers has been told to pay £185m – or face another 10 years in jail. Curtis Warren, the only drug dealer to make it on to the Sunday Times Rich List, faces trial this week in Jersey where he was jailed in 2007 over a £1m cannabis-smuggling plot.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2013

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Notorious drugs baron Curtis Warren freed – but faces ban on using phone boxes – The Independent

Posted October 7th, 2013 in assets recovery, drug trafficking, homicide, news by sally

“One of Britain’s most notorious drugs barons could be banned from using phone boxes as part of restrictions to prevent the relaunch of his multimillion-pound international smuggling operations on his release.”

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The Independent, 4th October 2013

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Munir Farooqi case: Family home set to be seized under terrorism laws – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2013 in appeals, assets recovery, forfeiture, housing, news, terrorism by sally

“The family home of a man convicted of attempting to recruit two undercover police officers to fight British soldiers in Afghanistan is set to become the first to be seized in the UK under terrorism laws.”

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The Independent, 30th September 2013

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Regina (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice: [2013] EWHC 2481 (Admin);   [2013] WLR (D)  344

“Where the Crown Court fixed a term of imprisonment in default of a sum recoverable under a confiscation order the words ‘at the time the period of detention was imposed’ in section 79(2) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 meant the time when the default term was activated by the magistrates’ court, not the time when it was fixed by the Crown Court, for the purposes of calculating a reduction in the term of imprisonment.”

WLR Daily, 4th September 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Most-wanted cigarette smuggler jailed after 12 years on run- BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2013 in assets recovery, customs and excise, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

“A cigarette smuggler found in Spain after 12 years on the run has been sentenced to four years in jail.”

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BBC News, 6th September 2013

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Soca wields new powers to freeze global assets of super-rich foreigners – The Independent

“The embattled Serious Organised Crime Agency heads into fresh controversy on Tuesday as it emerges it has won sweeping new powers allowing it to freeze assets of super-rich foreigners suspected of fraud.”

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The Independent,

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Serious Organised Crime Agency v Azam – WLR Daily

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Azam [2013] EWCA Civ 970; [2013] WLR (D) 327

“Where a person who was the subject of a property freezing order made under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 applied for the order to be varied so as to permit him to apply some of his assets which were the subject of the order in paying for his legal expenses, he was under no specific burden of proof requiring him to prove that there were no other available assets which could be used for the relevant purpose, such that if he did not discharge the burden his application must fail.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2013

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Legal Aid cheats to have cars seized to pay costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 30th, 2013 in assets recovery, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“From today criminals who deliberately cheat the system and leave taxpayers to foot their legal aid bill, despite being able to pay, face having their cars seized.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th July 2013

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New measures to clamp down on legal aid cheats – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 30th, 2013 in assets recovery, enforcement, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“New measures launched today will see those criminals who deliberately cheat the system and leave taxpayers to foot their legal aid bill, despite being able to pay, face having their cars seized.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th July 2013

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Convicted criminals can have cars seized under plan to cut legal aid bill – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2013 in assets recovery, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“Convicted criminals who defy orders to contribute to their legal costs may have their cars seized by the Ministry of Justice and sold at auction from Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 20th July 2013

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Prest v Prest and others – WLR Daily

Prest v Prest and others [2013] UKSC 34; [2013] WLR (D) 237

“If a person was under an existing legal obligation or liability, or subject to an existing legal restriction, which he deliberately evaded or the enforcement he deliberately frustrated by interposing a company under his control, the court could ‘pierce the corporate veil’ but only for the purpose of depriving the company or its controller of the advantage which they would otherwise have obtained by the company’s separate legal personality.”

WLR Daily, 12th June 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

A fair split, or a ‘charter for cheats’? Supreme Court to rule in landmark divorce case – The Independent

“Millionaire businessmen will be able to ‘stick two fingers up’ at judges if the highest court in the land rules against a former wife in a high-profile divorce case this week, her lawyers said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2013

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High Court rules that billionaire fraudster should lose three luxury properties – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2013 in assets recovery, banking, contempt of court, fraud, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“A billionaire fraudster is set to lose three of his luxury properties in Britain’s most exclusive postcodes after a High Court ruling.”

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The Independent, 22nd May 2013

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Civil recovery still an option in cases of complex fraud or bribery, SFO confirms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2013 in assets recovery, bribery, corruption, fraud, news by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) remains open to pursuing civil recovery where appropriate in cases of serious or complex fraud, including bribery and corruption offences, it has confirmed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd April 2013

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Court orders stockbroker who defrauded £32m to pay nominal £1 fee – The Independent

Posted March 25th, 2013 in assets recovery, bankruptcy, fraud, news by sally

“A bankrupt stockbroker who defrauded millions of pounds from some of Britain’s shrewdest business people was today ordered to pay a nominal £1 fee.”

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The Independent, 25th March 2013

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Almost £2 billion in court fines and confiscation orders remain unpaid – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 21st, 2013 in assets recovery, confiscation, courts, debts, fines, news by sally

“Nearly £2 billion in court fines and confiscation orders remain unpaid, official figures show, as the Government admitted it needed to do more to tackle the debt.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2013

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Imran Ahmed: Care home owner sentenced for £100,000 theft – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2013 in assets recovery, care homes, gambling, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

“The former owner of a care home in Nottinghamshire has been jailed for three years for stealing more than £100,000 from an 80-year-old resident.”

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BBC News, 11th January 2013

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Daughter who stole £160,000 to impress father ‘blames herself for his death’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2013 in assets recovery, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing, suspended sentences, theft by tracey

“A company executive who led a Walter Mitty existence by stealing £160,000 to fund a luxury lifestyle and impress her millionaire father escaped jail after a judge heard she blamed herself for her father’s death.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2013

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Rich crooks net vast legal aid sums – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2012 in assets recovery, budgets, confiscation, costs, drug offences, fraud, legal aid, news by sally

“Dozens of super-rich criminals – some worth tens of millions – have received vast sums in legal aid despite their illicit fortunes, an investigation has revealed.”

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BBC News, 26th November 2012

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Legal aid cheats targeted by Ministry of Justice – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2012 in assets recovery, fraud, legal aid, news by sally

“Criminals who collectively owe millions of pounds in legal aid could have their assets seized under government plans.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk