Forcing Criminals to Repay

Here are some examples of cases where we have recovered the proceeds of crime from across the Thames and Chiltern Area.

Bedfordshire

Drug Dealer forced to pay back over £500k

Pardeep Bains, a drug dealer, members of his family (mother, father, brother and sister) and his ex-girlfriend, Rachel Taylor, a local criminal defence solicitor were successfully prosecuted for money laundering in 2008 and 2009.

The money Bains made from his drug dealing, estimated to be around £500, 000 in cash and property, was laundered through the bank accounts of his mother, his father and his sister and his ex-girlfriend.

Bains was sentenced to a total of 15 years' imprisonment for various drug trafficking and money laundering offences; the mother received a suspended prison sentence; the father was fined; the brother was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment and the solicitor received a suspended prison sentence.

Bains was ordered to pay back £587,664. This court order was quickly satisfied because the CPS had already successfully frozen his assets to prevent him from dissipating them to avoid repayment to the authorities.

Hertfordshire

Gang of 12 stripped of almost £900k

A gang of 12 offenders sentenced in 2007 for their roles in an organised theft and exportation network involving the recovery of 92 high value vehicles, have had nearly £900,000 confiscated from them.

The offenders received sentences totalling nearly 50 years in September 2007 for offences of conspiracy to handle stolen goods offences.

Thames Valley

Ex-magistrate ordered to pay back £4.1m

A former magistrate who was jailed for a £38,000 fraud was ordered to give up his assets worth £4.1 million at a confiscation hearing at Southampton Crown Court on 21 January 2010.

Nirmal Sharmi from Slough, Berkshire was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment for the theft offences and nine months' imprisonment for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sharma used his accounting business to steal from his friends, who were also clients, between 1996 and 2003.

Following a complex and lengthy investigation by the Thames Valley Police Asset Recovery Team, the CPS applied to the court to force the sale of his assets comprising property worth £1.23 million, including his family home, shares and funds totalling £1.6 million and, vehicles worth £15,000 with the rest of the sum of £4.1 million made up of cash in bank accounts from numerous sources.

He faces prison if he fails comply with the order to sell his assets and repay the money. He is also the subject of a Financial Reporting Order under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which requires him to declare income and assets to the authorities for the next ten years.