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Alberta has begun using the proceeds of crime to help victims of crime.

Alberta has begun using the proceeds of crime to help victims of crime.

Justice Minister Alison Redford says the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has received $150,000 to help victims of domestic violence in rural areas.

The money will pay for staff help, transportation for victims and security system upgrades.

It’s the first disbursement of cash from the forfeiture and sale of criminal property, flowing from the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act of 2008.

Under the act, property gained through criminal acts is seized and, if the court action is successful, forfeited to the Crown and sold off.

 
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