A catalogue of errors

The Westminster Public Accounts Committee has given the Assets Recovery Agency a complete mauling. Chairman, Edward Leigh said:

“It was ill-planned and recovered only about a third of its expenditure. Far too few cases were ever referred to it, its management information systems were in a mess, it prioritised cases badly and it underestimated the time it would take to pursue them. The Serious Organised Crime Agency will have to learn from these mistakes. Otherwise few criminals will suffer sleepless nights worrying about losing the proceeds of their crimes.

The ARA will be wound up next year and its powers transfered to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Full report here (pdf file)