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Over 10K of criminal gains seized by police under POCA

Alert message sent 22/11/2018 15:55:00

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Over 10K of criminal gains seized by police under POCA

Over £10,000 will be going back into local communities under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), after our Asset Recovery Team secured three cash forfeiture orders and a confiscation order at court last week. 

POCA allows police forces to apply to the courts for a forfeiture order or confiscation order when there is suspicion that money has been acquired as a result of crime and is intended to be used for future criminality. 

Mark Butler, 33, of Somerton Road, Immingham, was ordered to forfeit £1,558.50 after he failed to provide evidence of how he had acquired money that was found by officers investigating an assault. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after he was convicted of grievous bodily harm, battery, possession of a knife and criminal damage in Immingham in March. 

Shaun Dommett, 24, and Michael Wood, 41, both of Wellington Street, Grimsby, were ordered to forfeit £1,995.03 under POCA after they admitted to buying stolen goods to sell on online selling sites and at car boot sales and money laundering. Both were sentenced last month to a twenty week sentence suspended for two years. 

£2,931.51 was recovered from Brian Smith’s property on 16th Avenue, Grimsby after a warrant was executed at the address earlier this year. Brian’s wife was ordered to forfeit the majority of this money after she failed to provide evidence of the money being legally acquired. Drugs were also recovered and, in July, Smith was sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession with intent to supply cocaine. 

A confiscation order was secured against David Gelder, 29, of Seagrave Grove, Hull ordering him to pay over £4,140 after we found a large amount of amphetamine at his property. He was sentenced to a total of 31 months in prison earlier this month after he was convicted of possession with intent to supply amphetamine, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, criminal damage, possession of cannabis and theft.

Senior Financial Investigator Lorraine Baines said: “Humberside Police are seizing more cash from criminals across the whole Force area, so much so that we are in the process of recruiting more Financial Investigators and Cash Seizure Investigators who have been initially funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner. 

“We will continue to hit the criminals where it hurts them – in their pocket. By taking the cash away it prevents them from reinvesting in further criminal enterprises and helps keep our local communities safer and stronger with the money confiscated filtered back into the local area.

“If you suspect someone of being involved in illegal activity, please contact us on 101, or you can anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to pass information on.”

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