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Elvis fans "all shook up" as CPS puts seized memorabilia up for auction

29/05/2007

An unusual collection of Elvis memorabilia and collectables will go under the hammer on 10 June in a one-off auction. The Crown Prosecution Service hopes that the collection of thousands of items will raise a huge interest amongst Elvis fans wanting to mark the 30th anniversary of his death this summer.

Items available for sale include a large collection of lobby cards (these are sets of photo cards taken from films), magazines, movie programmes, Christmas cards, and numerous records and LPs including some rare Japanese pressings. For the serious collector there are lots such as a 1964 Elvis credit card receipt from his Texaco Gas account, an autographed copy of the album "A date with Elvis" and a limited edition of the first Elvis Presley CD to be released. In all there are over 600 lots for auction.

The extensive collection was seized from a woman who pleaded guilty to stealing over £500,000 from her local authority employer over a ten year period. She used the money to fund her collection. Sentencing her, the court made a confiscation order so that the money could be returned to the local authority.

The confiscation unit of the CPS's Organised Crime Division will enforce the confiscation order. Given the unusual nature of the collection, the CPS applied to the High Court for the appointment of a Receiver, who will oversee the auction of the goods to ensure that they reach their full potential. The proceeds of the sale will be used to pay compensation to North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire.

Gary Balch, Head of the CPS Confiscation Unit said, "Our message to all those who commit any crime for financial gain is that when they are caught they not only run the risk of receiving a prison sentence, but they will be stripped of the full profits of their crimes.

"This case is unusual because of the nature and volume of the property confiscated. However, it demonstrates the commitment of the CPS to recover as much compensation as we can and return it to the Council for the benefit of the community. We will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to carry out this important work.

"Whilst we cannot realistically expect the proceeds of the auction on 10 June to fully recompense the council for its losses, it will be a significant step in the right direction."

  1. For Media enquiries please contact CPS Press office on 020 7710 6088 or 020 7710 6091.
  2. Margaret Wall was employed as a cashier at North Kesteven District Council (NKDC). One of her responsibilities was to count cash from the "pay and display" car park boxes. Ms Wall admitted stealing approximately £10,000 a month from the council over many years. She bought Elvis memorabilia using the money stolen from NKDC.
  3. She pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on 20 October 2005 to 3 years' imprisonment.
  4. The Crown Prosecution Service pursued a Confiscation Hearing which took place on 6 January 2006, where an order was made in the sum of £597,963.97.
  5. On 5 April 2006 the High Court appointed Mr Richard Long as the enforcement receiver over the assets of the defendant.
  6. The realisable assets included a Vauxhall Astra vehicle which has already been sold. The principle remaining asset is the Elvis Presley collection.
  7. Mr Richard Long has instructed Bamfords Ltd of Derby to deal with the disposal of the Elvis memorabilia, to satisfy the confiscation order. The sale catalogue can be obtained from the auctioneers, or from their website - www.bamfords-auctions.co.uk.
  8. Two photographs of items to be sold in the auction are also available to accompany this notice. One photograph shows two US singles 'Lonely Man' and 'Wild in the Country'. The second photograph shows an invitation for the opening night performance of Elvis in High Sierra Theatre in 1974.
  9. During 2005-2006, the CPS secured more than 3,000 confiscation orders with a value of over £87 million.