Britain's most notorious crime bosses have still not paid back over £2 billion, despite court orders for it to be confiscated.
The UK government has admitted never being able to recover the huge sum of money.
HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) says that only 7% will be recoverable, out of the £2.2 billion owed by serious criminals.
David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary said: "Gangsters and criminals are getting rich as victims suffer without getting the justice they deserve.
"Financial sanctions only work if they are enforced, but ministers have given up on making it happen," reports The Telegraph.
One of Britain's most senior lawyers, Professor David Ormerod QC also said victims and the general public are being failed by the confiscation regime.
He added: "Proceedings are too complex and lengthy, and are being slowed down by technical appeals. The result is a system that is not doing its job of recovering criminal property and disrupting crime."
The HMCTS is only able to recover £164 million and the rest of the "criminal debt" will never be collected.
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Investigators say this is because of the difficulty in identifying, locating and recovering assets acquired through crime and held by criminal bosses.
"The reticence and dishonesty of the defendants means there will be considerable or even complete uncertainty as to the number, identity and role of the conspirators and the total proceeds of the crime and how and when they were to be distributed," said one senior lawyer.
Some crime bosses choose to serve a prison sentence rather than pay back the confiscation orders, others choose to ignore the confiscation orders.
One example is the case of John Collins who was one of the six to carry out the Hatton Garden heist.
£200 million worth of good were stolen in the heist from an underground safe deposit facility.
Collins was ordered to pay back £7.6 million for his part in the heist, however when he failed he was given a further seven year prison sentence.
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