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Leaving or entering UK with over £1,000 cash? You need to explain


You are required to provide proof of source, intended use, of money
7th October 2011: Leaving or entering the UK with more than £1,000 in cash? You need to provide evidence of the source, and intended use, of the money.
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The assertion by the UK Border Agency came soon after a man from Stoke-on-Trent, who tried to leave the UK carrying over £40,000 in cash that he could not account for, was ordered to forfeit the money.

UKBA assistant director Malcolm Bragg said: ‘Stopping the flow of money that has not been acquired legitimately is an important part of the work the UK Border Agency carries out to protect our border.

‘Anyone leaving or entering the UK with more than £1,000 in cash must provide evidence of the source, and intended use, of the money.

‘If there is evidence that the money has not been earned legitimately they face having it confiscated.’

Giving details of the case, the UKBA said: Malcolm Brown, 51, of Boon Avenue, Penkhull was stopped our officers at Birmingham airport in July 2010, before he was due to board a flight to Bangkok via Dubai.

`Brown was found to be carrying £42,980.

`Brown told officers that most of the cash came from his late mother who had died a few days earlier and the remainder from the sale of a car.

`The money was detained under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

`At Solihull Magistrates’ Court on 20 September a judge ordered the forfeiture of £40,980 plus costs.

`The judge accepted Brown’s account about the cash from the sale of a car and ordered the return of £2,000,’ the agency asserted.

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