Thursday, 3 March 2005

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

by Charles Pooter

Interesting piece by the BBC's Jon Silverman on the effects of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which allows something called the Assets Recovery Agency to confiscate property from British subjects without a criminal trial. The most disturbing bit of the article is this:

"From next year, with the police and other agencies set to keep half of all assets seized, many more such orders will be applied for, whatever the legal objections."
Talk about unintended consequences. This will set up some interesting incentives for cash-strapped or just plain greedy police forces:

"Excuse me sir, would you mind telling me how you paid for this rather expensive looking car?"

"I won some money on the horses officer and bought the car with cash."

"A likely story sir. [Speaks into radio] Control, can you tell Sarge that we can afford that gold-plated toilet after all."

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