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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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Seized money

215Seized money

(1)This section applies to money which—

(a)is held by a person, and

(b)is held in an account maintained by him with a bank or a building society.

(2)This section also applies to money which is held by a person and which—

(a)has been seized by a constable under Article 21 of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/1341 (N.I. 12)) (general power of seizure etc), and

(b)is held in an account maintained by a police force with a bank or a building society.

(3)This section also applies to money which is held by a person and which—

(a)has been seized by a customs officer under Article 21 of the 1989 Order as applied by order made under Article 85(1) of that Order, and

(b)is held in an account maintained by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise with a bank or a building society.

(4)This section applies if the following conditions are satisfied—

(a)a restraint order has effect in relation to money to which this section applies;

(b)a receiver has not been appointed under section 198 in relation to the money;

(c)a confiscation order is made against the person by whom the money is held;

(d)the Director has not been appointed as the enforcement authority for the confiscation order;

(e)any period allowed under section 161 for payment of the amount ordered to be paid under the confiscation order has ended.

(5)In such a case on the application of the prosecutor a magistrates' court may order the bank or building society to pay the money to the appropriate chief clerk on account of the amount payable under the confiscation order.

(6)If a bank or building society fails to comply with an order under subsection (5)—

(a)the magistrates' court may order it to pay an amount not exceeding £5,000, and

(b)for the purposes of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (S.I. 1981/1675 (N.I. 26)) the sum is to be treated as adjudged to be paid by a conviction of the magistrates' court.

(7)In order to take account of changes in the value of money the Secretary of State may by order substitute another sum for the sum for the time being specified in subsection (6)(a).

(8)For the purposes of this section—

(a)a bank is a deposit-taking business within the meaning of the Banking Act 1987 (c. 22);

(b)“building society” has the same meaning as in the Building Societies Act 1986 (c. 53);

(c)“appropriate chief clerk” has the same meaning as in section 202(7).

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