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Essex property recovered from drug dealer and fraudster

A property in Essex has been recovered from an alleged drug dealer and fraudster, according to the National Crime Agency.

The flat, which is situated in Dagenham and worth an estimated £310,000, has been repossessed from Mkpa Oju Uka.

Uka claimed he bought the property with profits from a second-hand clothes business; however, investigators believe it was paid for using proceedings from drug sales and mortgage fraud.

The case has taken over a year to resolve, with the original claim made in April 2018. This is due to Uka using delaying tactics, such as not complying with court directions, says the NCA.

The NCA intends to recover another property linked to this case later in the year.

NCA head of asset denial Andy Lewis says: “The defendant thought that delaying tactics would stop us pursuing this case, but we were persistent and, in the end, successful in recovering property we believe was obtained as a result of criminal activity.

“We will continue our work to identify and prosecute those linked to economic and financial crime and take away their illicit assets using all the tools available to us.”

National Economic Crime Centre director Sarah Pritchard adds: “This is a great result and demonstrates our firm commitment to tackling illicit finance in the UK.

“We will continue to target wealth we believe has been obtained illegally regardless of where and how it is hidden.”

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