ill-gotten gains


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ill-gotten gains

money or other possessions acquired in a dishonest or illegal fashion. Bill cheated at cards and is now living on his ill-gotten gains. Mary is enjoying her ill-gotten gains. She deceived an old lady into leaving her $5,000 in her will.
See also: gain

ill-gotten gains

Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means, as in They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains . [Mid-1800s]
See also: gain

ill-gotten gains

Ill-gotten gains are money or other valuable things that someone gets illegally or in a way that is not morally good. They needed to find a route out of the country for their ill-gotten gains. Many museums are returning their ill-gotten gains.
See also: gain
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Criminals may think they can ride out their time in jail and their ill-gotten gains will still be waiting for them upon their release.
Roheel Khan flaunting his wad of ill-gotten gains from the drug trade
Meanwhile, Bob is so uncomfortable with accepting the ill-gotten gains, he decides it's time to come clean about the whole sorry mess, and makes a big confession to Brenda at the grand opening of Gennie's memorial playground.
This ruling is good news because it takes ill-gotten gains out of the hands of companies who knew they were promoting a scam and gives them back to the consumers who lost millions of dollars," said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
With confiscation orders to grab ill-gotten gains plummeting - the amount seized from dodgers is down PS14.
The settlement included $160 million in ill-gotten gains and a $90 million penalty, according to court papers.
The Supreme Court denied the motion, saying the SEC order "does not contain an explicit finding that Bear Stearns directly obtained ill-gotten gains or profited by facilitating these trading practices,' and thus does not establish that the disgorgement was excluded from coverage.
The laws to confiscate criminal assets do not go far enough as too many of the Mr Bigs have been able to keep their ill-gotten gains, even if a jail sentence catches up with them.
While criminals' ill-gotten gains were used to fund a record PS22.
The amount of money secured in confiscation ordered by Staffordshire Police has jumped by around 50 per cent on the previous year as detectives reclaim the ill-gotten gains of drug dealers and fraudsters.
Most of the big criminals live in prosperous areas which they can afford through their ill-gotten gains.
THREE drug dealers were yesterday ordered to hand over their ill-gotten gains.
This is just reporting the truth," said Assem el-Gohari, the head of the Ill-gotten Gains Authority, in a press conference.
Rist, who was studying music in London, took 299 skins and hoped to put his ill-gotten gains towards his studies, and a new flute.
Essam el-Gawahri, a senior justice ministry official who heads a committee in charge of uncovering ill-gotten gains, last week banned the three from leaving Egypt after investigations showed they had amassed large amounts of wealth.