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Crime does not pay - how POCA turns a £300 liability into a £65k liability


Interesting UK Court of Appeal outcome.

The defendant agreed to steal a car for someone else for £300 in cash.  The vehicle was worth £65,000.

The defendant delivered the stolen car over to his 'customer' but was not paid.

The defendant was arrested and tried, and he pleaded guilty to the theft of the car (which was never recovered).

In confiscation, it was held that he had obtained a benefit of £65,000 and made a tainted gift of the same amount, resulting in an order that he pay £65,000 (although he now had no assets) with an appropriate default sentence to be served.