CRIMINALS are getting away without paying back ill-gotten gains despite court orders against them, MPs have said.
A Public Accounts Committee report says more should be done to deprive criminals of their cash won through crime.
It comes as members of a cocaine ring in Portsmouth ruled to be worth £720,000 had to pay back £53,727 between six of them.
The PAC committee said only £190m of £1.9bn ordered to be confiscated nationally can realistically be collected.
Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the PAC, said: ‘The number of orders imposed has fallen and, according to unaudited figures provided by the Home Office, only a tenth of the huge debt owed under such orders is realistically collectable.
‘This sends an appalling message to criminals who stand to benefit from crime – and, equally importantly, to their victims and taxpayers.’
Such orders set a benefit figure and total available.
If a criminal comes into more cash in the future police can ask judges to order more cash should be paid back up to the benefit figure.