3m payback from county's criminals Judges have approved the seizure of assets worth more than 3m from Cumbria's criminals over the last five years.
Figures obtained exclusively by the News Star show how specialist coach outlet atlanta radar Cumbria Police investigators have repeatedly hit fraudsters and drugs criminals where it hurts in their pockets. Some have been forced to sell their home, while others have had money stripped from their pension funds, with the recovered cash being ploughed back into fighting crime. Since 2012, the force has taken convicted criminals back to court to strip them of their profits under powers created by the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act. 3,265,267 was seized in five years from 233 criminals Judges sitting at Carlisle's Crown Court over those five years approved the seizure of 3,265,267. This was seized from 233 convicted criminals. The Cumbrian coach outlet stores deer park ny force has also repeatedly gone back to the courts so that it can retain other cash sums seized during investigations. The largest cash sum was seized during the 2016 to 2017 year, when the courts approved 114,337 in 10 separate cases. In hearing where assets are being taken from convicted offenders, judges have to decide how much cash benefit the defendant has reaped from offending The most recent high profile cash seizure case was that involving the crooked Wigton estate agent Donald Scott, 62, who swindled his clients out of nearly 500,000. In court last month, a judge ordered him to hand over all his assets worth just 67,000. All defendants who are ordered to hand over criminal cash face a period in prison in default if they fail to hand over the cash in Scott's case an extra year in jail on top of the five years he is already serving. The Cumbria force's most successful year for seizing cash was 2013 to 2014, when the courts approved seizures of 1,068,219. Cumbria's courts have seen a steady procession of criminals who have been forced to hand over their ill gotten profits. The largest cash case was coach outlet atlanta radar that of Noel Young, who was given an extra 10 years in jail after he failed to hand over the coach outlet sale 7 am enfant 7m prosecutors say he made from a luxury car scam he ran in 2004. That means that by 2013 the debt owed by Young, then in his mid thirties and from Houghton near Carlisle, has now swollen to a staggering 11.5m. His failure to settle the debt has left Young facing an extra ten years behind bars, with a release date of 2022. If he continues to refuse to pay up, the debt by that time will have rocketed to around 20m. Another cash seizure was approved by magistrates in Carlisle in September of last year, when police were given permission to seize 85,000 that was found in a safe under the floorboards at the home of a Carlisle window cleaner. A police officer told the court that detectives found the cash as they investigated suspected drugs offences which they suspected may have involved 23 year old Scott Sutherland, though he was never prosecuted over those suspicions. Commenting on the Proceeds of Crime Seizures, Detective Superintendent Dean Holden welcomed the figures, obtained by the News Star after a Freedom of Information Act request. He said: "It's very encouraging to see that assets worth 3m have been clawed back following our proceeds of crime investigations. "Confiscating proceeds of crime should act as a deterrent to those that look to profit through criminality. "Not only does an offender risk their freedom but, through legislation, we can target assets to ensure that they do not financially gain from criminality. "The legislation also allows us to return to the courts for increased confiscation orders when criminals build up additional assets. "Confiscated money is reinvested into policing through an incentive scheme while assets seized are split between the police, Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts. "In some cases a judge may decide to award a percentage of confiscated money to victims of crime as compensation. Money can also be awarded to community schemes.
"We will continue to use this legislation in order to recover the benefit from criminal activity and target criminals where it matters most to them, in their pocket. "Whilst we undertake this activity through criminal investigations, we also welcome any information from the public about anyone they believe is benefiting from crime who may have gained assets as a result.".
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