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£17,000 Confiscated from York Man by Courts


11:42am 9th December 2013

Magistrates have granted the forfeiture of £17,534.95 after it was recovered from a vehicle stopped by police in York.

On Friday 6 December 2013, a forfeiture hearing was held under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court following the discovery of £17,510 inside a Vauxhall Corsa which was being driven by Shaun Andrew Illingworth, 26, of Imperial Court, Ashton Avenue, York.

The court ordered the forfeiture of the money, plus interest of £24.95, on the grounds that it was derived from crime.

At approximately 6.20pm on 20 September 2012, a Vauxhall Corsa was followed by police officers along the A64 near Tadcaster. Officers followed the car onto Grange Lane in York before it came to a stop near some isolated houses.

Officers intercepted the occupants of the car who were Shaun Illingworth and another man.  A search of the Corsa was carried out with the assistance of a police search dog and the money was found inside the glove box in a supermarket carrier bag.

The two men were transported to York police station and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Although there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges against the pair, a lengthy investigation by Financial Investigators showed that the money could not have been earned through legitimate means.

Therefore an application was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act for the forfeiture of the money.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills, who heads North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said: “After a protracted enquiry, it became apparent that the monies discovered in the Corsa on 20 September 2012 had been obtained through crime.

“The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 allows for the forfeiture of cash, upon application to the court, in such circumstances. A significant amount of criminal money has been seized and prevented from being used to fund future criminal activity.”

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