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
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It also said the SEC had not established whether the $160 million in ill-gotten gains was based on money Bear Stearns improperly earned.
The law needs the legal and accountancy firepower to match the financial webs that criminals create to hide their ill-gotten gains.
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.
A COCAINE baron whose millionaire lifestyle was brought to an end in court faces more court action to rid him of his ill-gotten gains.
THE England and Wales Cricket Board was yesterday urged to contact the receiver charged with recouping any alleged ill-gotten gains of Sir Allen Stanford's collapsed empire.
But now at Newcastle Crown Court an order has been made against his four associates to pay back cash made from their ill-gotten gains.
He should pay for it himself out of his ill-gotten gains.
But I believe that the legislation could be improved further, to allow us to get at more of the gangsters and take back more of their ill-gotten gains for investment into the communities they've harmed.
CRIMINALS lost over pounds 9 million in the last 12 months as West Midlands Police seized their ill-gotten gains.
Gloucestershire Constabulary has launched a campaign to urge people to shop anyone who wears too much jewellery, drives flash cars or buys expensive items from ill-gotten gains during the credit crunch.