More than £70,000 stripped from criminal under Proceeds of Crime Act

Posted on 15th August 2014

A Derby man faces imprisonment and is forced to pay back more than £70,000 after a case is re-visited by Derbyshire officers.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Derby Magistrates Court on Monday, August 4, a forfeiture order for £71,000 was obtained against Gary Spinks (38).

The act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

The case first began in 2006 when Spinks pleaded guilty to four money laundering offences. He was ordered to pay back £395,700 of his ill-gotten gains, alongside forfeiting his vehicles.

As part of a routine revisit of confiscation cases, further financial enquiries were made which revealed that he owned land valuing £65,000 in December 2010.

A request was made at court in July 2013 to confiscate further funds to reflect the discovery of the new assets.

Gary Spinks (38) failed to pay the order and attended an enforcement hearing at Derby Magistrates Court where he was sentenced.

Spinks was also sentenced to face one year, 4 months’ imprisonment (488 days).

If you have information about someone who is benefiting from the proceeds of crime, contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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