Edward Henry QC saw off a cash forfeiture application for £111,000 in the case of Mrs X.
The Metropolitan Police brought the case on the basis that Mrs X had close links to an organised crime group, was laundering drug money, and had provided false explanations for cash seizures in two previous criminal proceedings. Mrs X maintained that these were her life savings, which she had withdrawn from the banks as a result of mental illness.
Edward successfully submitted that Mrs X should only forfeit monies derived from her admitted benefit fraud, which Mrs X had confessed to on oath. Accordingly, over £86,000 was ordered to be returned to her.
Edward was instructed by Simon Jowett of Gordon Shine Solicitors.