– Victoria Police has been forced to refer multimillion-dollar alleged proceeds of crime cases to its federal counterparts because of fears state laws are inadequate to launch a prosecution.
One organised crime figure, who cannot be named, has amassed a $20 million fortune, but appears not to have a legitimate income. His wealth compares with the amount seized from drug kingpin Tony Mokbel, although it was alleged Mokbel’s total assets were worth almost $60 million.
Police say existing unexplained wealth laws are not robust enough as they force police to prove an asset is bought with the proceeds of crime before a court can order it to be seized or restrained under the Confiscation Act. As a result, the $20 million case has been referred to the Australian Federal Police.
Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Kerr said the onus should be on suspected criminals to prove how they managed to accumulate their wealth or assets legally.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kerr said police wanted to be able to ask alleged criminals, “You’re driving a Lamborghini, you’ve got all this money, you’ve got a house in Toorak, where’s all this come from?”
Attorney-General Robert Clark said he would amend the unexplained wealth legislation.
Mr Clark has already introduced legislation that will allow bikie gangs to be outlawed.
Advocacy groups have long rallied against unexplained wealth and disassociation laws, arguing that they are an invasion of civil liberties.
The reversal of the onus of proof began with the Tax Office but had spread to several federal agencies, Fairfax Media reported last month.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kerr dismissed concerns that improved unexplained-wealth legislation would be used so police could cast a wider net that might catch innocent people.
Federal agencies regularly work with state police forces to probe the interstate reach of organised crime, but Detective Senior Sergeant Kerr said it was preferable that his officers handled Victorian matters rather than referring them on, as they have had to do with the unnamed crime figure – Nino Bucci


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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