The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 came into force on December 1 2009. It replaces the old Proceeds of Crime Act 1991.
We will keep our information on the old Act at the bottom of this page and not delete it until the middle of 2010 so you may read about the old Act until then. It will still apply to applications made before 1 December 2009.
Proceeds of Crime Act 1991
The Proceeds of Crime Act 1991 permitted Police to apply to have the assets that a criminal has used to commit a serious crime or which they have obtained from crime, or purchased with the profits of crime, forfeited to the Crown.
Under this Act, if someone was convicted of an offence that carried at least a five year maximum penalty, then the Police could apply to have any of their assets related to the offence forfeited to the Crown.
Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Bill
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