Crime doesn't pay, say police as they seize £825,000 from Bolton criminals

The Bolton News: Crime doesn't pay, say police as they seize £825,000 from Bolton criminals Crime doesn't pay, say police as they seize £825,000 from Bolton criminals

MILLIONS of pounds have been seized from criminals in Bolton through the proceeds of crime act (POCA).

Former police officer Tony Wood, Bolton’s financial investigator, carries out financial and money laundering investigations into people who are living above and beyond their means.

POCA, which has been in force for 11 years and used by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) since 2006, is intended to help police tackle organised crime.

It gives police the power to seize cash and recover assets bought through crime proceeds, and now each division of GMP has a financial investigator.

Police say it deters criminals, disrupts crime and shows the public that crime does not reap rewards.

Mr Wood’s work involves investigating the backgrounds of criminals involved in "acquisitive" crimes such as fraud to trace any assets and find funds to repay victims or confiscate the money.

Mr Wood said: “POCA makes sure people who commit crime can’t benefit from it by having extravagant lifestyles with expensive holidays, cars and homes.

“It also prevents those people from becoming potential role models in the areas where they live.”

In Greater Manchester, £7.4 million was taken from criminals between 2011 and 2012, a further £5.4 million was removed from offenders in 2012/2013.

Some of the money is injected into community projects such as activities to help break down the barriers between children and police.

If money is seized, GMP receive half of the funds back. If cars, homes and bank accounts are forfeited, about 18 per cent of the total is returned to police.

Mr Wood said: “People who commit crime should not be able to profit when the vast majority are law abiding people.

"If people are concerned about members living in their community who are clearly living extraordinary lifestyles beyond their means we will investigate.”

High profile cases in Bolton include drug dealer Imran Mohammed Afzal, now aged 32, of Perendale Rise, Bolton, who was ordered to replay £191,000 last year.

Money was taken from funds in bank accounts, two cars and a four bedroomed detached home.

And Bolton woman Rhona Haslam, then aged 51, was ordered to repay £56,982 — the full amount she stole from her nephew’s inheritance in 2009.

Mr Wood encouraged people with information about crime to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

The total so far

  • Cash seized so far this year from Bolton criminals £825,000
  • Cash actually forfeited at the courts as being criminal cash £574,000
  • Assets removed from Bolton’s criminals this year so far £56,400
  • The total amount taken from local criminals this year so far is £630,000

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12:37pm Wed 12 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Nice results.

But, one has a question regarding the maths above.
In the news article above, the figures total £1,455,4000. So how is it that the article reports 'The total amount taken from local criminals this year so far is £630,000?'
Nice results. But, one has a question regarding the maths above. In the news article above, the figures total £1,455,4000. So how is it that the article reports 'The total amount taken from local criminals this year so far is £630,000?' wsw69
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mick England says...

No wonder the corporate police officers are spending so much time enforcing statutes! I thought the police were a non profit, tax payer funded organisation, rather than a money making corporation? GMP currently have many millions in their bank and are VAT registered, so why is a proportion of our council tax for them when they are clearly doing quite well from proceeds of crime?
No wonder the corporate police officers are spending so much time enforcing statutes! I thought the police were a non profit, tax payer funded organisation, rather than a money making corporation? GMP currently have many millions in their bank and are VAT registered, so why is a proportion of our council tax for them when they are clearly doing quite well from proceeds of crime? Mick England
  • Score: -3

3:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mick England says...

wsw69 wrote:
Nice results.

But, one has a question regarding the maths above.
In the news article above, the figures total £1,455,4000. So how is it that the article reports 'The total amount taken from local criminals this year so far is £630,000?'
The fat controller must've done the math with accounting like that!
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: Nice results. But, one has a question regarding the maths above. In the news article above, the figures total £1,455,4000. So how is it that the article reports 'The total amount taken from local criminals this year so far is £630,000?'[/p][/quote]The fat controller must've done the math with accounting like that! Mick England
  • Score: -1

3:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Priceshagger says...

Mick England wrote:
No wonder the corporate police officers are spending so much time enforcing statutes! I thought the police were a non profit, tax payer funded organisation, rather than a money making corporation? GMP currently have many millions in their bank and are VAT registered, so why is a proportion of our council tax for them when they are clearly doing quite well from proceeds of crime?
The Fuzz Force are VAT registered? WTF?

Lets face it, without crime the police would be out of business.
[quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: No wonder the corporate police officers are spending so much time enforcing statutes! I thought the police were a non profit, tax payer funded organisation, rather than a money making corporation? GMP currently have many millions in their bank and are VAT registered, so why is a proportion of our council tax for them when they are clearly doing quite well from proceeds of crime?[/p][/quote]The Fuzz Force are VAT registered? WTF? Lets face it, without crime the police would be out of business. The Priceshagger
  • Score: 7

12:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

Nowtlikeanoldfool says...

Simple maths, £825k seized, £575k dealt with by the courts, together with the assets, the remainder is awaiting court decision!!
Secondly, would you let the criminals, dealers and money launderers just keep all their cash, and let them carry on dealing to your kids, breaking into your home and conning old folk???
Simple maths, £825k seized, £575k dealt with by the courts, together with the assets, the remainder is awaiting court decision!! Secondly, would you let the criminals, dealers and money launderers just keep all their cash, and let them carry on dealing to your kids, breaking into your home and conning old folk??? Nowtlikeanoldfool
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Nowtlikeanoldfool wrote:
Simple maths, £825k seized, £575k dealt with by the courts, together with the assets, the remainder is awaiting court decision!!
Secondly, would you let the criminals, dealers and money launderers just keep all their cash, and let them carry on dealing to your kids, breaking into your home and conning old folk???
I would prefer to see that money going back to the victims of crime rather than sit in a bank account forever. That is ALL the money going back to victims of crime not just a percentage.

Maybe the police could establish a large facility in town that helps to council victims of crime instead of the victims being treated like criminals? That money could go a long way to helping the community, victims of crime and hand a little more respect back to the cash grabbing elite protecting police.
[quote][p][bold]Nowtlikeanoldfool[/bold] wrote: Simple maths, £825k seized, £575k dealt with by the courts, together with the assets, the remainder is awaiting court decision!! Secondly, would you let the criminals, dealers and money launderers just keep all their cash, and let them carry on dealing to your kids, breaking into your home and conning old folk???[/p][/quote]I would prefer to see that money going back to the victims of crime rather than sit in a bank account forever. That is ALL the money going back to victims of crime not just a percentage. Maybe the police could establish a large facility in town that helps to council victims of crime instead of the victims being treated like criminals? That money could go a long way to helping the community, victims of crime and hand a little more respect back to the cash grabbing elite protecting police. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Counsel sorry.
Counsel sorry. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 0

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