£8m Seized From Criminals Over Past Year

Monday, 28th April 2014 at 10:30am

The Herald reports that around £8 million has been seized from criminals over the past year under proceeds of crime laws.

The Crown Office said assets worth £3.6 million were recovered through the courts in 2013/14 from criminals’ illegal profits, while a further £4.4 million in assets were seized by the authorities using civil recovery measures.

The total figure was down from the £12 million netted the previous year from people involved in activities such as drug dealing, human trafficking and fraud.

But prosecutors pointed to the “marked increase” in the use of disclosure notices used in civil recovery procedures and said more confiscation orders were imposed in 2013/14 than ever before.

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