Confiscation of property
Asset Confiscation Operations manages the confiscation and disposal of property connected to crime.
The unit is also responsible for enforcing pecuniary penalty orders (External link) issued by Victorian courts which require offenders to pay back the dollar value of any benefit they receive from crime.
What types of property can be confiscated?
For a property to be subject to confiscation, it must have been:
- used to commit crimes
- bought with money that comes from an offence (proceeds of crime)
- linked to the offender, even if it was not connected to the offending itself.
What happens to confiscated property?
Property seized from crime is sold at public auction by Asset Confiscation Operations and funds generated from the sale are placed into a consolidated fund.
Victims of crime may be able to claim money from the fund. More information is available on the Victims of Crime website (External link)
Confiscation of goods
The seizure and sale of any personal goods or belongings is the responsibility of Victoria Police.