Po­lice grab drug smug­gler’s cash

Taranaki Daily News - - National News - Ed­ward Gay

Drug smug­gler Karel Sroubek was stripped of about $190,000 by the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, court doc­u­ments show.

Sroubek is at the cen­tre of a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion by Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Iain LeesGal­loway, who granted the 37-year-old kick­boxer res­i­dency de­spite him serv­ing a prison sen­tence for im­port­ing ec­stasy into the coun­try.

Last year, the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice made an ap­pli­ca­tion to seize Sroubek’s as­sets un­der the Crim­i­nal Pro­ceeds Re­cov­ery Act.

The law al­lows the po­lice to tar­get prof­its made by crim­i­nals and puts the onus on the crim­i­nal to prove their as­sets were ac­quired law­fully.

Court doc­u­ments show Sroubek bought a house on Auck­land’s North Shore for $490,000 in MDMA 2009, us­ing mainly cash. He also paid the mort­gage with cash.

Seven years later, Sroubek sold the prop­erty for $800,000.

Af­ter pay­ing off the mort­gage, Sroubek pock­eted over $398,000.

He put $161,000 into a loan ac­count in the name of his fa­ther and mother in-law, Alexan­der and Natalia Bozhenko.

They then re­duced a loan they had for a prop­erty in Auck­land’s up­mar­ket sub­urb of Re­muera.

Sroubek put the re­main­ing $237,000 into a com­pany ac­count, Karan Trustee Ltd, which he was the sole di­rec­tor and share­holder of.

By the time the com­mis­sioner is­sued a freeze or­der on Sroubek’s as­sets, he had spent over $100,000 of the money, leav­ing $129,183.33 in the ac­count.

The court doc­u­ments show that when the com­mis­sioner ap­plied for a freeze on the Bozhenkos’ home, the cou­ple paid the Of­fi­cial As­signee $161,000, to avoid hav­ing their in­cluded in the or­der.

The four bed­room house has a cur­rent CV of $2.45 mil­lion.

It was on the mar­ket un­til ear­lier this week when re­alty firm Bar­foot and Thomp­son re­moved it from its list­ings.

Lees-Gal­loway has or­dered Im­mi­gra­tion NZ to in­ves­ti­gate Sroubek’s res­i­dency ap­pli­ca­tion to see if he re­ceived the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion when mak­ing his de­ci­sion. house

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