Gregory Plant ordered to pay £11,000

21/05/2013

The CPS has today issued a confiscation order for £11,000, two years after Gregory Plant was convicted of producing cannabis with intent to supply.

On 18 April 2011, Gregory Plant was convicted after pleading guilty at Taunton Crown Court of producing cannabis on a large scale on 3 separate occasions.  He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment and due to his financial circumstances a confiscation order was made against him for the nominal sum of £1.

In late 2012 Mr Plants father died without leaving a will and Mr Plant was going to inherit a one-third share in his late father's estate; he subsequently attempted to transfer to his share to his sister to conceal his improved financial circumstances, at which point the police became aware of the inheritance.

The CPS lawyer in the South West Regional Asset Recovery Team obtained a restraint order to prevent Mr Plant transferring his share of the estate and made an application under Section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for Mr Plant's available assets to be reconsidered. Mr Plant did not oppose the application and the confiscation order was increased from £1 to just under £11K.

CPS lawyer Philip Tew said: "Although nominal Confiscation Orders appear on occasions to be of no value, this case shows that, regardless of the length of time after conviction and the order being made, if an offender comes into money as in this case with an inheritance, we can still pursue them."