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Confiscation order of £200,000 secured under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Following an investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), officers have secured the confiscation of £200,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

Shuanxi Fu, aged 39, and Tarun Lad, aged 40, both previously of Ronelean Road, Surbiton, Surrey, appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Friday (8 March 2019), where they were ordered to pay back £100,000 each by the judge. Fu was also ordered to pay £66,000 of this fee by June, otherwise a 12 month prison sentence will be imposed.

The POCA order follows an investigation that began in November 2013 into brothels being run in the county.

On 3 July 2017, both defendants were convicted of managing and controlling a brothel and money laundering. Lad was given a three year and eight month sentence and Fu was issued with a two year suspended sentence.
 
Detective Constable Anita Ashwood from Warwickshire Police said: "This case is a clear example of Warwickshire Police officers and staff working together to not only secure a conviction but to strip the assets which have been generated by criminal activity wherever we can, by applying and making use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
 
"Removing money that is the proceeds of acquisitive crime goes to the heart of our commitment to protect our communities from harm."
 
If you have concerns about someone who is benefiting from crime in any way, you can call Warwickshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
 
Protect is a campaign being run by Warwickshire Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC).

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

·         Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC
·         Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
·         Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC
·         Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

For more information, visit: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/protect 

Issued: 10.55am, Wednesday 13 March, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 13/03/19