Two men forfeit £10,000 seized at Channel Tunnel terminal in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Sep 16, 2019 - 04:25 PM


Two Dutch citizens who attempted to leave the UK with £10,000 cash have forfeited the money following a court hearing in Folkestone.  

The pair, both from Almere in the Netherlands, were stopped at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

Both men had bundles of cash totalling £5,000 each in their luggage, which they claimed was to buy products for a greengrocery they were planning to set up in Amsterdam.

However, none of the money was spent and neither man could provide any documentation to support their claim.

Financial investigators from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate applied for the cash to be forfeited using legislation under the Proceeds of Crime Act, resulting in a hearing at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday 9 September at which the application was granted.

Neither man attended to contest the forfeiture.

Detective Inspector Annie Clayton said: ‘While neither man was arrested or charged with any criminal offence, they were unable to provide any verifiable evidence that they had a legitimate reason for how they came to be in possession of so much money.

‘Our financial investigators regularly use the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure people are not allowed to benefit from illegal activity and to help reinforce the important message that crime does not pay.’


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