In the Media

The search for ill-gotten gains

PUBLISHED June 7, 2005

Two years since the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) started picking off criminals' wealth the organisation is still to break even.

It was trumpeted as a groundbreaking way to go after the billions of pounds made from criminal activity each year.
Established and given its powers by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), the ARA was going to get tough on criminals by seizing their assets with or without a conviction.