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Defendants ordered to forfeit £250,000 following forfeiture hearing

News | Wed 17th Jun, 2015

James Byrne successfully represented the Metropolitan police in a week long forfeiture hearing worth £250,000 which concluded on 16 June 2015. The case arose after large amounts of cash were found in a house and, when asked for an explanation, the Respondent told the officers that the money was loaned from friends to purchase a cash business.

At the hearing the Respondent and 14 other interested parties came forward to claim that the money belonged to the Respondent or was money loaned by them to the Respondent for the purchase of the business. They all provided large tranches of financial information in an attempt to support their claims.

The case involved the forensic analysis of all 15’s financial backgrounds and evidential claims. A number produced new evidence at the last minute in court in an attempt to support their story.

The Judge agreed with James Byrne’s analysis of the case that the Respondent and 14 interested parties had collaborated together and tried to create an elaborate and sophisticated financial conspiracy using multiple forged documents and creating deliberate confusion in an attempt to disguise the true origins of the monies and the unlawful purposes for which they were to be used.

The respondent was ordered to forfeit the monies and pay the Police’s costs.

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