As of 3 April 2014 the amount of outstanding debt in relation to confiscation orders under the proceeds of crime legislation where the CPS was the lead enforcer stood at £501,450,120 (excluding interest), only 31.8% of which has been assessed as recoverable, Reasons for this may include
- Judges assessing “hidden assets” that are not there.
- Criminals sending money abroad to states which will not co-operate with the UK authorities.
- Criminals preferring to serve the default prison sentences imposed, rather than to pay back their ill gotten gains.
- The lack of resources allocated to enforcement agencies to enable them to recover the assets to satisfy the outstanding debts.