Gambling addict jailed for using convicted fraudster's money - Broxbourne

01/06/2016

A gambling addict 'frittered' away £349,000 from a convicted fraudster's bank accounts, depriving his victims of compensation.

Dean Toye, aged 49, from Broxbourne, was given access to Mark Makowski's bank cards and passwords after he told him he was "going away" and was going to lose the money in proceeds of crime proceedings.

Prosecutor Stephen Hopper told St Albans Crown Court today, Wednesday, 01 June 2016, that Makowski had featured as a rogue trader on the Watchdog TV programme. He knew Toye from the pub and, in 2010, told him he was "going away." He asked him to look after his dogs and, when he was sentenced to four years at the Old Bailey in July 2010, Toye was given access to the bank accounts in the knowledge that money would be confiscated to pay back the victims of his rogue trading.

The prosecutor said: "When Mr Makowski went into custody there was £355,000 in his bank accounts, but by November 2011 there was only £358 left. If one deducts legitimate withdrawals such as direct debits, some £349,000 of withdrawals were made by Toye. He had been betting at Ladbroke's and William Hills on Mr Makowski's cards." He had also made £51,000 in cash deposits to his own bank account, had been on a golfing holiday to Marbella and made a trip to Ireland.

Toye, of Silverfield, Broxbourne, pleaded guilty to 7 counts of converting criminal property.

Defending, Ciara McElvogue said: "It is an unusual and complicated case. He says he has a serious gambling problem. Just one last bet became the story of Mr Toye's life. He could not stop and could no longer control it. He spent money on gambling on a daily basis." She said he is attending Gamblers Anonymous and seeing a psychiatrist on a fortnightly basis and is determined to beat his addiction.

Jailing him for three years, Judge John Plumstead said: "He was given permission to fritter the money away. £349,000 would have been available to the people Makowski scammed. It was not a brief or passing offence. It was conducted over a sustained period of time. Makowski was a successful ruthless operator and gathered together large sums of other people's money. He realised he was going to prison and decided to give the defendant free range over his money. Toye helped himself frequently and persistently and used money as he pleased. He lived like a wealthy man."

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