New measures to tackle organised crime allow betting slips and casino chips to be seized
16 Apr 2018
New laws widening what can be classed as cash when seizing assets are set to come into force, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
Michael Matheson: 'I am determined
that crime will not pay'
As part of new provisions from the Criminal Finances Act 2017, officers will be able to seize betting slips, casino chips and gaming vouchers as if they were currency.
From Monday (April 16), Police Scotland will also be able to search for and seize items of value such as jewellery, watches, stamps and precious stones, if they are suspected of being involved in illegal activity.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This is a significant step in ensuring criminals cannot profit from unlawful activities and gives our law enforcement agencies additional powers to seize assets acquired by illegal means.
“More than £6 million was recovered by the Crown Office and the Civil Recovery Unit in 2017/18. However, expanding the definition of what can be treated as cash and what our police officers can search for as they seek to disrupt criminal activity has the potential to further impact Scottish organised crime.
“I am determined that crime will not pay and that every ill-gotten asset can be put back into communities through the Cashback programme, whether it’s a gemstone, betting slip or casino chip. There must be no respite in tackling organised crime and the harm it causes.”