Cheshire Police have launched an account on auction site eBay to sell off criminal's assets online.
The public can purchase items that have formed part of a Court 'Confiscation Order' under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002. The purpose of POCA is to deprive a convicted criminal of any financial benefit they have made through their crimes. POCA empowers convicted criminals to sell their assets in order to pay off their confiscation order. These goods are authentic but have been bought with money obtained through crime. By selling items in this way, we hope to generate a bigger income from criminal assets, which in turn will benefit victims of crime and be reinvested in local policing initiatives. The cash raised from these online auctions will go back to the Home Office, with Cheshire Constabulary receiving a share of the proceeds.