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£6.7 million confiscated in 20 months

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MORE than £6.7 million was confiscated from 43 convicted criminals during a 20-month period, new figures have revealed.

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Between November 2017 and July this year the criminals were made the subjects of confiscation orders, netting the Criminal Offences Confiscation Fund £6,708,097.

The money that is taken can only be used to prevent crime and deal with the consequences of crime, and any funding must be approved by the Treasury Department after consultation with the Attorney General.

The majority of the confiscated funds from the period, around £6.5 million, have gone towards ‘phase six’ of work at La Moye Prison. This work includes plans to replace a secure gate, build a secure visitor entrance and search areas, and provide work space for prison and admin teams.

Planning permission for the project has already been granted and prison governor Nick Cameron said: ‘The use of the proceeds of crime fund to improve the security and infrastructure of the prison is an appropriate use of this money.

‘We have reviewed the plans to replace accommodation that is beyond repair, and have reduced the associated budget.

‘We have also ensured any investment supports our work to reduce re-offending and reduces the risk offenders present during reintegration back into our Island community.’

Further work under phase seven and eight at the prison is to create a pre-release unit to work with reoffenders, and an education unit.

Of the confiscated money £250,000 was spent in 2018 on the International Centre for Asset Recovery that supports efforts to build capacity in developing countries to prevent and combat financial crime, while £6,300 was spent on combatting fly tipping. A further £10,000 was used by the States police as part of a fraud-prevention forum outreach programme.

Of the criminals who were made subject to confiscation orders, nine of them had just £1 taken from them. The majority of the recovered money came from one criminal, £5,837,271 in total. Only three other orders worth more than £100,000 were made.

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