Any money earned as a result of, or in connection with, an offence can be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
That also includes assets bought with the proceeds of crime – a red Ferrari and a Bentley Continental car, jewellery, watches and properties within London and the Home Counties are among assets recovered by the Metropolitan Police in the last five years.
Previously, if a person gained a job by deception – for example using a fake passport – any money they earned in wages might be considered proceeds of crime, and therefore eligible for confiscation.
However, people in the country illegally, but who had not obtained a job by deception (for example if their employer knew they were here illegally), would not be pursued for their wages.
The government plans to create a new offence of “illegal working” to change that.