Couple must repay £10.4 million after ripping off struggling firms to live high life on yachts – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 13th, 2019 in assets recovery, banking, bankruptcy, fraud, loans, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘A couple who made a fortune bankrupting companies to fund their lavish lifestyle have today been ordered to repay more than £10million.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th September 2019

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Albanian crime boss who ran multi-million pound drugs racked ordered to pay only £14,380 – Daily Telegraph

‘An Albanian drugs kingpin who ran a multi-million pound cocaine racket only has to pay back £14,380 after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) requested a “risible” sum, a judge has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2019

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Failure to pay confiscation order leaves recycling fraudster facing further eight years in prison – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in assets recovery, confiscation, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, waste by sally

‘A defendant convicted of defrauding the electrical waste recycling industry has been sentenced to prison for a further eight years after he failed to meet a £1.3m confiscation order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

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Bitcoin worth £900,000 seized from hacker to compensate victims – The Guardian

‘A judge has ordered the confiscation of bitcoin worth more than £900,000 from a jailed hacker in the first case of its kind for the Metropolitan police.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2019

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Hatton Garden raider jailed again for failing to hand back money – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in burglary, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing by tracey

‘The Hatton Garden heist ringleader John “Kenny” Collins has been sent back to prison after failing to pay back millions of pounds stolen in the raid.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2019

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Clapham G4S driver who stole nearly £900,000 jailed – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2019 in news, proceeds of crime, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A G4S driver has been jailed for four years and eight months for stealing £889,440 in cash from one of the security firm’s vans.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2019

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Solicitor hit with £500k POCA fine for using house as office – Legal Futures

Posted June 3rd, 2019 in confiscation, enforcement, news, planning, proceeds of crime, solicitors by sally

‘A West London solicitor has hit with a £500,000 confiscation order for repeatedly disregarding warnings from his local council to stop using a home as an office for his firm.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fraud surgeon who claimed break-in at Luton home keeps items

Posted April 15th, 2019 in evidence, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, search & seizure by michael

‘Thousands of pounds worth of antiques that a hospital surgeon claimed had been stolen from him are still “under his control”, despite him being jailed.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2019

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Landlord given suspended sentence and ordered to pay £300k+ after hiding families in windowless rooms – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landlord who hid families in windowless rooms after claiming to a council that he had complied with an enforcement notice has been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay a further £266,177 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2019

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Autonomy founder Mike Lynch faces UK high court and fresh charges in US – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2019 in confiscation, conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘Autonomy founder Mike Lynch will on Monday begin his high court defence against accusations that he perpetrated a $5bn (£3.8bn) fraud, as US prosecutors unveiled fresh criminal charges accusing the British businessman of a cover-up.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2019

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Brothelkeepers earned £3.8m while police focused on other ‘serious crimes’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A married couple who built a £3.8million brothel empire were allowed to continue operating by police for 14 years who instead focused on “serious types of organised crime”, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2019

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Gambling regulator warns firms over use of gagging orders – The Guardian

‘The UK’s Gambling Commission has warned the industry over the use of gagging orders, after incidents of consumers being paid substantial sums of money in return for agreeing not to talk to the regulator.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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No order for costs following withdrawn forfeiture application – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 28th, 2019 in appeals, costs, drug offences, forfeiture, news, police, proceeds of crime by sally

‘In Bennett v Chief Constable of Merseyside [2018] EWHC 3591 (Admin), the High Court confirmed that a district judge was correct to make no order for costs against the police after it withdrew its Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’) s.298 application for cash forfeiture. In considering the decision of the district judge, the High Court reaffirmed three points: the starting point is that no order for costs should be made provided that the public authority has acted reasonably and properly; in determining whether the police acted reasonably and properly, the court should scrutinise the behaviour of the police with care; and it may be justifiable to award costs against the police, particularly where the successful private party would suffer substantial hardship if no order for costs were made in their favour.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th January 2019

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Man who ‘groomed’ British couple into supplying parts for Iran’s nuclear programme jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in Iran, news, nuclear weapons, proceeds of crime, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A retired company boss who made £5 million from trafficking fighter jet parts to Iran in violation of Weapons of Mass Destruction controls has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2018

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Owner of unauthorised scrap yard hit for £200k in fines, costs and confiscation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 12th, 2018 in confiscation, costs, enforcement notices, fines, news, proceeds of crime, waste by tracey

‘The owner of an unauthorised scrap yard in South Staffordshire was last month fined £24,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £28,280 at Birmingham Crown Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th November 2018

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Confiscation regime review to ensure crime doesn’t pay – Law Commission

‘Confiscation laws will be reviewed to ensure they’re effectively depriving convicted offenders of their ill-gotten gains, the Law Commission has announced today.’

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Law Commission, 7th November 2018

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Courts uphold ‘ground breaking’ UK first unexplained wealth order – OUT-LAW.com

‘The High Court has upheld the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO), dismissing a legal challenge to the order obtained by the National Crime Agency (NCA) earlier this year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2018

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Banker’s wife may lose property worth millions after UK court ruling – The Guardian

Posted October 4th, 2018 in money laundering, national crime agency, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘The wife of a foreign banker faces losing UK property worth millions of pounds unless she can explain the source of her wealth, following a judgment at the high court.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2018

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Woman pretended daughter was injured in Manchester attack for insurance claim – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2018 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, proceeds of crime, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who pretended her fake daughter was injured in the Manchester attack to make an insurance claim has been jailed for fraud. Susan Pain, who worked in insurance herself, posed as a dentist and said her daughter “Sophie” had sustained serious injuries needing two operations following the bombing that left 22 people dead last year. But AXA could not trace a victim under the name given in the £2,500 claim for loss of earnings, and alerted the police after uncovering years of false claims by Pain.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2018

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Man jailed for £53m UK heist will not have to repay share of proceeds – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2018 in confiscation, news, proceeds of crime, repayment, robbery by sally

‘A cage fighter convicted of taking part in a £53m armed robbery has been excused from paying back his alleged share of the stolen cash after a secret court hearing.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2018

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