Thursday September 5 2013

– Criminals are keeping their proceeds of crime because of a failure of Victoria Police and other agencies to manage the confiscation program, a scathing Auditor-General’s report has found.
Auditor General John Doyle found police were not “maximising opportunities to identify such assets as related to profit-motivated serious and organised crime” in his report on the asset-confiscation scheme.
“The scheme is not operating as effectively or efficiently as it should.
“Its ability to deprive people of the proceeds of crime, and to deter and disrupt further criminal activity, is hampered by weaknesses in the way that assets are identified for confiscation, and by how the scheme is governed,” Mr Doyle said.
He found poor cooperation between agencies, a lack of planning and leadership and a failure to make the most of investigative tools had contributed to the system’s failings.
The Criminal Proceeds Squad, within Victoria Police, was also more focused on victims of crime.
Despite the scheme’s failure, Mr Doyle said the State Government had committed to increase funding to the agencies responsible with $53.5 million set aside for the next four years.
In 2012-13, the scheme confiscated $55.2 million of assets. This was down from $121 million of assets confiscated in 2008-09.
Mr Doyle made 25 recommendations to improve the system but said it was hard to evaluate the performance because the scheme did not have any guiding objectives.
“Ultimately, Victoria Police is not maximising opportunities to identify assets for confiscation.”
Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said Victoria Police accepted each of the recommendations.
“This audit has come at a time when the Victoria Police Criminal Proceeds a Squad is undergoing significant change in the way it conducts its work,” he said.
“I welcome the insights and recommendations arising from this audit process as a constructive contribution to improving the performance of the scheme.”
Opposition attorney general spokesman Martin Pakula said the Government had failed to oversee the scheme, with its management group failing to meet for two years.
“The Napthine Government’s asset confiscation activities are weak – allowing organised crime figures to hide their assets and profit from their illegal activities,” he said.
– Michelle Ainsworth


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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