Police in Leicestershire have an eBay online auction account to reclaim the value held in goods recovered from law breakers. The public can purchase items that have formed part of a Court Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002, from what is the first auction site of its kind in the UK.
In the past year, civil and criminal investigations have yielded hundreds of items worth over £3m, which were dealt with by Leicestershire police and courts under POCA. The auction site seeks to recoup the value of the items returning the funds to central Government, whilst retaining a percentage towards the running of Leicestershire Police.
Paul Wenlock Detective Inspector of the Leicestershire Police Economic Crime Unit (ECU) said: POCA empowers law enforcement agencies to seize property from alleged offenders. Those convicted and adjudged to have purchased goods with Dirty Money, are required to pay a monetary court order, or allow the police to sell their goods to service the order of the court . Our intervention creates an opportunity for the public to purchase high value goods at competitive prices, with profits going towards new crime fighting initiatives.
The Leicestershire Police ECU works to systematically dismantle organized crime groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To date Police have recovered a stable of vehicles including a 2010 Audi R8, Aston Martin, Porche, Ferrari, BMW M3 SMG and numerous high priced luxury items such as 50 plasma screen TVs, Louis Vuitton designer hand bags and high powered motorbikes.
David Hargrave Proceeds of Crime Property Realisation Manager said: The public can buy with confidence. All items offered for sale on this site are legitimate pre-purchased goods only the method of purchase was corrupt. No stolen or found property will knowingly be offered for sale on this site. The proceeds will go back into the public purse to benefit the community and fund future prosecutions.
For more information visit www.leics.police.uk/ebay.