September 16th, 2007 08:13 EST
U.K. - 2.3m confiscation order
Three men jailed for breaching immigration laws have been ordered to pay a Â£2,301,000 confiscation order.
All three men were sentenced to over eight years` imprisonment. They arranged for the facilitation of illegal immigrants to travel to the UK and then apply for leave to remain indefinitely.
The confiscation order follows a financial investigation by detectives from the Met`s London Regional Asset Recovery Team.
Harry Wilson was ordered to pay Â£285,000 within one year or face four years` imprisonment in default. Arumagan Kanageswaran was ordered to pay Â£416,000 within one year or face five years` imprisonment in default. Ponndouri Puvanandaran was ordered to pay Â£1,600,000 within 18 months or face eight years` imprisonment in default.
Trevor Shepherd, Met`s Economic and Specialist Crime Command said:
"This is one of the largest confiscation orders associated with people trafficking. A significant proportion of the confiscated monies will be returned to police to fund future investigations and reduce harm to London`s communities.
"This case demonstrates the Met`s ongoing commitment to dismantling criminal networks and seizing their assets."