Friday, 12 March 2010
Alan Wilson (pictured) was handed a confiscation order of £919,482 by Stafford Crown Court.
Stafford company director Alan Wilson (pictured) was handed a confiscation order of £919,482 by Stafford Crown Court. The 57-year-old, from Chapel-en-le Frith, in Derbyshire, was jailed for 44 months in January after admitting theft, false accounting and fraud offences.The director of a company which designed and rented portable refrigerated units, his fraud centred on falsifying rental agreement documents, misappropriation of company funds and disposal of equipment.Wilson’s criminality funded a luxury lifestyle in the UK and Spain which included the purchase of a villa in Marbella, currently on the market at 850,000 Euros, a 47ft yacht with a list price of £490,000, a luxury home in Derbyshire and Mercedes cars.
The court directed that £764,012 of the order should be used to pay creditors of the failed company to compensate the victims of the fraud.Detective Sergeant Nick Jones, who works in the force’s economic crime unit, said: “Over the last three years the force has obtained 281 confiscation orders with a total value of £9.8 million.
We’ve also obtained cash forfeiture orders amounting to £1.3 million.
“These significant figures reflect that we are taking every opportunity to hit criminals in the pocket. Wherever possible, assets that are recovered are used to ensure crime victims are compensated.“We continue to work with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to make sure offenders are stripped of their assets. This includes monitoring ‘old’ cases to identify if further assets are available for confiscation.” District Crown prosecutor Mark Forster, said: “Our continuing success in the field of asset recovery is testament to the dedication and hard work put in by both police officers and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers alike.“Those engaged in crime should be aware that, working in close partnership with the police and courts, the specialist prosecutors within Staffordshire Crown Prosecution Service will be proactive in employing the powers contained in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure criminals do not benefit financially from any illegal activity.
“Monies and property acquired by those engaged in crime will be taken back and used to compensate the victims.
“Those convicted can expect to face more than the prospect of simply being punished for the offence itself. “