The ArgusCriminal ordered to pay back just £2,270 despite illegal gains of more than £156,000 (From The Argus)

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Criminal ordered to pay back just £2,270 despite illegal gains of more than £156,000

The Argus: Criminal ordered to pay back just £2,270 despite illegal gains of more than £156,000 Criminal ordered to pay back just £2,270 despite illegal gains of more than £156,000

A court has ordered a money launderer who earned more than £156,000 in illegal gains to pay back just £2,270 – because he spent the rest.

Sussex Police will receive just £373.33 of the recovered cash, despite top detectives spending a year examining evidence in the case of Keith Tamkin who ran a piracy factory in his Sussex home.

Tamkin, 53, was jailed for 18 months in December last year for “sophisticated” copyright offences.


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He admitted six offences including one of distributing articles infringing copyright, two of money laundering a total of £140,000, one of transferring criminal property – a computer – and two of possessing prohibited weapons – a pepper spray and a stun gun.

He earned £153,000 more than he was ordered to pay back from his illicit activities – but Chichester Crown Court heard on Monday it could not be recovered as Tamkin had spent it.

The court was told Tamkin, 52, of Broomcroft Road, Felpham, Bognor, was arrested in November 2011 after Sussex Police and piracy investigators from the British Phonographic Institute, the trade body for the British recorded music industry, executed search warrants at two locations in Bognor.

Tamkin was arrested at a flat over a shop in Bognor High Street and police searched his home on suspicion of conspiracy to contravene copyright laws and money laundering offences.

At the flat, the police and investigators found more than 100 full computer hard drives, an estimated 150,000 CDs and DVDs, computers and eight multiple-bay burning towers which included equipment to counterfeit music, films and software.

A large catalogue of 25,000 titles distributed to an extensive client base was also seized.

David Wood, director of Anti- Piracy for the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd said: “This case was significant in that it was one of the largest ‘domestic factories’ uncovered to date in the UK.

“It had the capability of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit product on a truly commercial scale.”

Detective Constable Nigel Tillings, of Sussex Police, said: “Our expert financial investigators found that Tamkin had, over time, acquired more than £156,000 benefit but had spent most of it.”

Chief Inspector Ali Eaton, of Sussex Police, added that it was a “sophisticated” set up.

She said: “According to the British Phonographic Institute this was the largest technical set-up that they had ever seen for the illegal downloading of films and music.”

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10:25am Fri 21 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

Crime obviously pays.But this is minor crime compared to what people at the top are doing.
Crime obviously pays.But this is minor crime compared to what people at the top are doing. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

10:28am Fri 21 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

This is what's wrong with this country. example A person commits a grime like a burglary and it takes two police cars, 4 officers, one dog unit and one helicopter to catch him. He then goes to the police station where the custody staff have to process him/her, they then go to court where again the court staff have to deal with him. All this cost just for him/her to be found guilty get a criminal record and community service and ordered to pay or fined £80!!! WTF the tax payer has to pay the rest, Why not make the criminal pay back all the cost to the victim's and cost of the police and courts time. They would not do it again if they had to pay for the lot.
This is what's wrong with this country. example A person commits a grime like a burglary and it takes two police cars, 4 officers, one dog unit and one helicopter to catch him. He then goes to the police station where the custody staff have to process him/her, they then go to court where again the court staff have to deal with him. All this cost just for him/her to be found guilty get a criminal record and community service and ordered to pay or fined £80!!! WTF the tax payer has to pay the rest, Why not make the criminal pay back all the cost to the victim's and cost of the police and courts time. They would not do it again if they had to pay for the lot. Brighton Living
  • Score: 5

11:26am Fri 21 Feb 14

hubby says...

I'm glad he spent it.
He didn't hurt anybody.
I'm glad he spent it. He didn't hurt anybody. hubby
  • Score: -3

1:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

hubby wrote:
I'm glad he spent it.
He didn't hurt anybody.
OMG Really!!!
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I'm glad he spent it. He didn't hurt anybody.[/p][/quote]OMG Really!!! Brighton Living
  • Score: 2

3:58pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Stoves says...

I am going to find him and I will ride him silly! Giddy up ya boya.
I am going to find him and I will ride him silly! Giddy up ya boya. Stoves
  • Score: -5

4:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

peterthomas says...

Nice to see that "Call me Daves" tough on crime country continues to stamp down on misdemeanours!!! Park on a double yellow line and expect the wrath of Khan - mug a few people or thieve a fortune and, hey, meet your local neighbourhood tax payer funded solicitor....what a mess, and "Mugland Middle England" foots the bill and does nothing!!
Nice to see that "Call me Daves" tough on crime country continues to stamp down on misdemeanours!!! Park on a double yellow line and expect the wrath of Khan - mug a few people or thieve a fortune and, hey, meet your local neighbourhood tax payer funded solicitor....what a mess, and "Mugland Middle England" foots the bill and does nothing!! peterthomas
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Fri 21 Feb 14

straightasadye says...

hubby wrote:
I'm glad he spent it.
He didn't hurt anybody.
You would think differently if had been your money he'd nicked, wouldn't you?
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I'm glad he spent it. He didn't hurt anybody.[/p][/quote]You would think differently if had been your money he'd nicked, wouldn't you? straightasadye
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Fri 21 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

what rubbish if spent it you can get it back take his home cars anything and sell it to pay back what the low life cost the tax payers .
why we so weak here to come down on people like this.
what rubbish if spent it you can get it back take his home cars anything and sell it to pay back what the low life cost the tax payers . why we so weak here to come down on people like this. angrymonkey
  • Score: 1

7:46am Sat 22 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

You have to ask yourself why this man had illegal weapons?

Whilst he is an odious, unshaven, obese worthless piece of scum he is also a sexual deviant and prison will only act as a catalyst for his fetishes that are seen as vile in decent society.

So Cleveland Steamers aside, Keith also has really bad breath.
You have to ask yourself why this man had illegal weapons? Whilst he is an odious, unshaven, obese worthless piece of scum he is also a sexual deviant and prison will only act as a catalyst for his fetishes that are seen as vile in decent society. So Cleveland Steamers aside, Keith also has really bad breath. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 0

11:46am Sun 23 Feb 14

scoobysnax says...

18 months for £156,000, that's 10 times more than what I earn in a year.
I've always said corporate crime pays.

Think of all those corporate banking fat cats that have screwed this country
for trillions, not a prison sentence in sight.....and we are still only half way through this depression.
18 months for £156,000, that's 10 times more than what I earn in a year. I've always said corporate crime pays. Think of all those corporate banking fat cats that have screwed this country for trillions, not a prison sentence in sight.....and we are still only half way through this depression. scoobysnax
  • Score: 1

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