New laws help Crown strip crooks of £3.6m
criminal gains and a requirement to notify when a property is put up for sale - can now be imposed on criminals to ensure that assets are recovered.
From January new powers will mean money and assets that cannot be legitimately accounted for by individuals reasonably suspected of involvement in serious crime can be seized.
The Lord Advocate said: “The principle underpinning our proceeds of crime laws is simple - criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes. Law enforcement agencies will take robust action to remove criminal profits from those who benefit from them. The powers we have to target criminal assets are important weapons in tackling criminality, including serious organised crime.
“Using these powers, we can disrupt the ability of criminal enterprises to generate profit, and so continue to function.”
The Lord Advocate told the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce yesterday that £3,650,000 has already been seized by the recovery teams this year.
In the last three years more than £400,000 has been seized from people who thought their case was over as law enforcement agencies continue to pursue criminal assets, including those not identified during initial investigations.
On Friday the courts approved the confiscation of £6,000 found at the home of Lindsay Dalgleish who was jailed in 2015 for two charges of supplying drugs, the Crown Office said.
The Crown said this money takes them closer to recovering the £54,000 he was judged to have made through crime.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We are continuing to make progress in disrupting the activities of criminals in Scotland and I am encouraged to hear about the levels of assets being seized, which is a credit to our police and prosecutors.”
“Criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes”