Wakefield man ordered to pay back more than 350,000 after confiscation hearing under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (21 Mar 2014)

A Wakefield man has been ordered to pay back more than £350,000 after a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA)

Kevin Wrigglesworth, 48 was arrested in January 2011 and charged later that year with being concerned in prostitution for gain and money laundering offences.

And he was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) on Monday 25 June 2012.

And on Friday 21 March he was ordered to pay back a total of £360,388.49. He has 6 months in which to repay the money.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson said: "This case demonstrates yet again how essential it is that we get all the cash retrieved from Proceeds of Crime Act seizures back into the community affected by crime rather than just the 50 per cent we currently receive.

"This man was running an illegal business and making money out of prostitution and his ill-gotten gains from causing misery to people living in this area has now been seized and will be put back into community projects.

"Once again this case highlights the excellent work undertaken by West Yorkshire Police and I would urge everyone to ensure they back my campaign at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52046 so that we can put pressure on the Government to get all POCA cash back in the county where it belongs."

Richard Grant, Accredited Financial Investigator for West Yorkshire Police, said:

"When a criminal has profited from crime we have the power to seize any available assets such as houses, cars, cash and other belongings and now Wrigglesworth has to pay back a substantial amount of money.

"There are other criminals living off the proceeds of crime, why should they? Ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

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