Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014 on 5:46 pm

£117,000 taken from Halifax businessman to benefit community

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Cash found at the home and business premises of a Halifax businessman has been forfeited to the courts.

During a money-laundering investigation, officers discovered approximately £117,000 in cash at the 40-year-old’s premises that will now be used for community projects and policing operations.

The businessman told the police the cash was partly business loans and an overdraft from his business account, but it was later seized as part of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Last week, a judge at Wakefield Magistrates Court granted the permission for the profits to be seized.

Such profits will go towards the Safer Communities Fund, which helps community groups and charities make their communities safer.

Over 30 initiatives across West Yorkshire have already received large sums to reduce anti-social behaviour and re-offending.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “Once again this case highlights the good work by West Yorkshire Police and the ongoing potential amounts which can be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“Currently half of the money recovered from criminal activity in West Yorkshire goes back to Government, decisions on such allocations should be agreed locally at a time of huge government budget cuts.”

A petition launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on all the money recovered from ill gotten gains to be invested back into communities and initiatives to tackle crime and crackdown on criminals.

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