Romanians provide money for taxpayers.

Posted: June 3, 2010 in Law & Disorder

A Romanian man who was caught attempting to leave the UK carrying more than £29,000 in unaccounted for cash has lost the money after failing in an appeal.

IlieMarian Clipea, 40, had been stopped by UK Border Agency officers at Stansted Airport on 12 February last year when departing on a flight to Bucharest. Searches found he had hidden £29,385 on his person, in clothing and in his hand luggage. The money was detained under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

On 23 November 2009 magistrates in Ipswich granted a forfeiture order against Clipea of Dambovita, Romania, after he failed to attend the hearing. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2,500, however, an appeal against this decision was then submitted.

Clipea claimed he had been loaned the money to buy a heavy goods vehicle in the UK, but that he had been unable to do so. Enquiries by UK Border Agency investigators linked Clipea and the money with haulage companies in Romania suspected of being involved in cigarette smuggling.

Clipea failed to attend Tuesday’s appeal hearing so the evidence was considered in his absence. A judge and two magistrates at Ipswich Crown Court were satisfied that the £29,385 was recoverable property.

We’ve a chance for another nice little earner too.

Twenty six thousand euros have been seized from a Romanian woman who was found travelling through the Port of Holyhead with the cash stuffed inside her bra.

Officers from the UK Border Agency carrying out checks at the ferry terminal discovered the cash in the woman’s bra when she arrived in the port from Dublin. The woman claimed she had earned the money from the sale of a business in Ireland but could provide no proof of this. Nor could the woman give any reason why she was carrying a large sum of money which was in 500 euro notes inside her bra.

The UK Border Agency seized the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Holyhead on 18 May. The cash will only be returned to the woman if she can provide proof to a court that the money came from a legitimate source.

Earlier this month, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced that the 500 euro note would no longer be available over the counter in the UK after evidence showed over 90% of UK demand was linked to criminality.


To prevent criminals benefiting from the proceeds of crime anyone leaving the UK with more than £1,000 in cash must provide evidence for the source, and intended use, of the money. If there is evidence that the money has not been earned legally they face having it confiscated.Following court orders any money detained is held for up to six months at a time while investigations are under way. It may then be ordered as forfeit and returned to the public purse if shown to be associated with criminal activity.

Talking about foreigners

Labour’s so called tough points-based immigration system actually led to huge increases in foreign workers and students cleared to live in Britain.

Labour ministers repeatedly claimed the Australian-style points system for non-EU nationals would reduce immigration. Economic migration was expected to fall by as much as 12 per cent. But analysis published last night showed that, in fact, it increased by 20 per cent – while the number of foreign students went up by more than 30 per cent.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    With the Labour party’s history are we really surprised?

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