Bexley woman ordered to pay more than £42,000 earned as a result of criminal activity
PUBLISHED: 09:39 12 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 12 May 2014
A woman who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs attended a confiscation hearing aiming to recover funds under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Thui Luu Vuong, 64, of East Rochester Way, Welling attended the hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on May 9 where the judge granted a Confiscation Order, ordering her to pay £42,463.14, after officers from the Criminal Finance Team at Lewisham calculated this was the amount Vuong earned as a result of her criminal activity.
On 17 September 2013, at Woolwich Crown Court, Vuong was found guilty of being concerned in the production of cannabis (skunk), possession of drugs with intent to supply and abstracting electricity.
A forensic examination showed that there were 123 Cannabis plants at Vuong’s address in various degrees of maturity, and a bag found to be 181 grams of Skunk Cannabis.
Detective Sgt Michael McElroy, Criminal Finance Team Lewisham, said: “A financial investigation has been ongoing since the arrest of Vuong and during our investigation we found that she had considerable amounts of cash passing through her bank account which was unexplained income which she had not paid income tax.
“Since the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was introduced we have increasingly been able to seize assets acquired as a result of criminal activity. This latest confiscation should send a clear message that no matter how long it takes we will pursue you to recover assets made from criminal activity.”