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Abbey Solicitors secure massive reduction in POCA case

7th Oct 2013

Abbey Solicitors have completed a contested Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) application at Manchester Crown Court.  The application lasted two weeks and related to Operation Beath, a five-year investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) into a large drug network.

The Crown originally claimed a Benefit Figure of £5.5 million in respect of a defendant with assets of over £4 million.  Now, after three years of protracted proceedings, the judgement has been handed down in which the Benefit Figure has been drastically reduced to only £340,000.