Almost £14m recovered from criminals by GMP's Economic Crime Unit in 12 months

Almost £14m has been recovered from crooks by Greater Manchester Police's Economic Crime Unit in the past 12 months.

By Holly Pritchard
Monday, 9th May 2022, 4:34 pm
Updated Monday, 9th May 2022, 4:37 pm

From March 2021 to April 2022, the department successfully recovered £13.7m from criminals, which has seen an increase of 26 per cent on the previous year in 2021.

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The money is made up from: £3.7m from Confiscation Orders following the criminal conviction of offenders, £6.6m in cash seizures, £155,000 of seized listed assets and £3.2m was recovered by the new Account Freezing Order Team from accounts frozen due to their suspected use in crime.#

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Almost £14m recovered from criminals by Greater Manchester Police's Economic Crime Unit in 12 months

Det Chief Insp Joseph Harrop said: "A notable seizure arose from the arrest of Sean Doyle as part of Operation Lushan, a 16-month investigation that formed part of the UK-wide Venetic operation focusing on the take down of the encrypted communications service, Encrochat.

"During his arrest, Doyle stashed cash in a bag for life and threw this out of his bathroom window onto the roof.

"This was quickly recovered by officers and amounted to over £365,000.

"Doyle was jailed for seven years in October 2021 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, possession of criminal property and money laundering and a total of £367,870 was forfeited from him.

Sean Doyle stashed cash in a bag for life and threw this out of his bathroom window onto the roof. This was quickly recovered by officers and amounted to over £365,000.

In total, £5.7m will be returned to GMP as part of the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) and can be used for community programmes and charities across the region, as well as funding policing programmes and operations to further fight crime.

DCI Harrop said: "This has been a record year for asset recovery for GMP and we are one of the leading forces in the UK and that has resulted from a more proactive approach.

"We will continue to use more innovative and proactive ways to find and recover these assets.

"We are committed to tackling organised crime in all its guises and stripping assets from criminals.

"Half of the money forfeited goes automatically to the Greater Manchester Police ARIS fund used for charities and community initiatives.

"I would appeal from information from the public about anyone they suspect to be living a criminally-funded lifestyle and have hidden assets so we can deprive them of their cash and use it for a better purpose."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.