Proceeds of crime forfeited
More than $60,000 seized when a criminal was arrested in Bermuda will be deposited into the island’s Confiscated Assets Fund.
Police seized $64,600 when Billy Odoch was arrested in 2015 and later charged with a raft of fraud offences.
Last Friday Magistrate Archibald Warner granted authorities a forfeiture order for the cash that will see the cash put into the Confiscated Assets Fund.
Odoch, a Ugandan national, entered Bermuda illegally in December 2013 on what is believed to be a false passport obtained by deception.
On October 14, 2015, he appeared in Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to obtaining a United Kingdom passport by deception. He was jailed for two years.
During Friday’s hearing the court heard that the monies seized by police at the time of Odoch’s arrest were linked to the proceeds of his criminal conduct.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro, Organised & Economic Crime Department said: “The Bermuda Police Service remains committed to depriving criminals of the benefit from criminal activity, and this case represents our ongoing commitment to removing the incentive to committing crime in Bermuda.”