Wolverhampton man ordered to pay back £500,000

07/02/2012

A Wolverhampton man has been ordered to pay a £500,000.00 confiscation order yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court.

Roger Quintyne aged 48 from Wolverhampton will also have to meet his legal costs which will be decided at a future hearing.
In September 2005 Quintyne was stopped driving his Aston Martin Vantage. When the boot of the car was searched officers discovered £20,700 in cash. That cash was seized and that seizure triggered a complicated money laundering investigation that resulted in Quintyne being charged with, and pleading guilty to, five counts of money laundering in 2009. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

There then followed a lengthy confiscation investigation that identified that Mr Quintyne, who declared a modest income, owned properties in the UK, a house in Barbados, and had access to large sums of money. At court yesterday Mr Quintyne conceeded that he had benefitted from the proceeds of crime to the tune of £500,000 and was able to pay that sum by realising assets within six months.

If he does not pay he will face four years imprisonment and enforcement recievers will be bought in to sell off his property.

DC John Baker from the Force's Central Payback Team said: "This was a complex case, in which we worked closely with our colleagues from CPS. Yesterday's result brings the case to a satisfactory conclusion and demonstrates that crime does not pay."

Adrian Phillips, Head of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Proceeds of Crime Unit, said: "The investigation proved complex, due to changes in the law during the lifetime of the case, which required the police and CPS to adapt their approach to the prosecution. Mr Quintyne's financial affairs also had to be re-built to prove the movement of monies in his possession, resulting in 17 lever arch files of evidence. As a result of a Letter of Request issued by the CPS to the Bahamian authorities, it was possible to identify a substantial house owned by Mr Quintyne in the Islands.

"We hope that this case sends out a message to others that the CPS and the police are working together to continue the fight to make criminals pay back."