Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 forfeiture of over £30,000 avoided

Jamie Ritchie, Partner, Moss & Co

Jamie Ritchie conducted this case

Moss & Co represented Ms B aged 73 a lady with severe mental health problems who had, been stopped at a London airport by the Border Agency (UKBA). Cash in excess of £30,000 found in her suitcase was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Client had in fact saved the money over many years having a fear of using Banks. The UKBA suspected the money was obtained through unlawful conduct, and that Ms B was receiving payment for smuggling the cash (acting as a mule). Following a number of hearings in the magistrates’ court when evidence was called as to her Mental Health and other financial circumstances, the money was returned to Ms B.

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