More than £200,000 of recovered cash linked to criminal activity

Fri 14th, Sep

ERSOU continues to lead the way in the use of new Proceeds of Crime Act legislation, which allows the freezing and forfeiture of money held in UK bank accounts, believed to be linked to criminal activity.

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) continues to lead the way in the use of new Proceeds of Crime Act legislation, which allows the freezing and forfeiture of money held in UK bank accounts, believed to be linked to criminal activity. Since March 2018, the sum of cash forfeited in Suffolk using these powers amounts to more than £200,000. A recent Account Forfeiture Order obtained more than £81,000, and was the third such order secured, following an investigation by Suffolk Police. The forfeited money will be shared between the Home Office and ERSOU’s constituent forces. Detective Inspector Rob Turner, from ERSOU’s Economic Crime Directorate, said: “The new legislation presents significant opportunities for the police to identify, freeze and ultimately seize money which appears to be linked to criminal conduct. This ensures that those funds can’t be used in future unlawful activity and deprives the criminals of their ill-gotten gains. “We will continue to seek opportunities to disrupt those who engage in such organised crime, reinforcing the message that crime does not pay.”