£7.6m confiscated from five criminals who carried out horse race betting brochure fraud

£7.6m confiscated from five criminals

£7.6m confiscated from five criminals

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Sussex police achieved its highest ever confiscation orders haul of more than £7.6 million against five fraudsters.

The orders were made when a series of confiscation hearings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) concluded at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday.

Judge David Rennie has made confiscation orders totalling £7,604,749.90 against five convicted defendants, three from Operation Zeta - John McCracken, 48, formerly of Whitehawk Road, Brighton, Matthew Thole, 41, formerly of Cefn Mably Park, Cardiff, and John Brice, 41, formerly of Sandingham Drive, Hove, and two from Operation Cantonese - twins Paul and Gregory Spicer, 38, both from Hove - who were all subjects of the hearings.

All five men had been jailed at trials in 2010 and 2013 after investigations into linked horse race betting brochure fraud.

Paul Spicer received seven years, Gregory Spicer seven years, John Brice five years, Matthew Thole four years and John McCracken four years.

Out of the confiscated money the judge ordered £132,286 in compensation to be paid to the individual victims who assisted the prosecution.

Detective Inspector Mick Richards said: "These are the biggest POCA confiscation orders in terms of value ever achieved by Sussex Police."

After payment of the compensation to the victims, half of the confiscated money goes to the central government exchequer, the remaining 50 per cent comes back to law enforcement and is shared between the courts, the prosecution authority and the investigating agencies.

"The confiscated money given back to Sussex Police is used to help support the work of the force's financial investigators and as donations to local Sussex-based crime reduction and diversion projects."

Paul Spicer, formerly of Dyke Road, Hove, was assessed by the court as having a criminal benefit of £9,994,566.26 and a confiscation order of £3,050,000 was made.

The criminal benefit of Gregory Spicer, formerly of The Drove, Hove, was assessed as £11,304,519.61 and a confiscation order of £3,050,000 was made.

Thole's criminal benefit was £2,742,536.92 and a confiscation order of £850,000 was made. Brice's criminal benefit was assessed as £3,231,564.80 and a confiscation order of £414,000 was made. McCracken's criminal benefit was assessed as £3,090,970.72 and a confiscation order for £240,749.90 was made.

Failure to pay will result in extended sentences for the five.

Major win for Sussex Police

The size of the confiscation orders is put into perspective after it emerged Sussex Police seized more than £1.4m from criminals in Sussex in the financial year 2013/2014.

The force successfully applied to courts for 109 confiscation orders following criminal convictions, valued at £1,492,750. 
The force also obtained 28 civil forfeiture orders valued at £138,482, following cash seizures from suspected offenders and a further £17,277 in other forfeitures.

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10:03am Sat 26 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

Could the same judge get the cash back that has been squandered on the i360 please?
Could the same judge get the cash back that has been squandered on the i360 please? We love Red Billy
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11:56am Sat 26 Jul 14

TIMBURRY says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
Could the same judge get the cash back that has been squandered on the i360 please?
And all the money the West Trustee had away
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: Could the same judge get the cash back that has been squandered on the i360 please?[/p][/quote]And all the money the West Trustee had away TIMBURRY
  • Score: 4

11:57am Sat 26 Jul 14

TIMBURRY says...

West Pier
West Pier TIMBURRY
  • Score: 5

2:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

Shall we start a petition asking where the money went. While we are at it could we have a look at the conflict of interest surrounding Jason Kitcats directorship of Coast to capital? Yes the same company that pushed for the i360.
Shall we start a petition asking where the money went. While we are at it could we have a look at the conflict of interest surrounding Jason Kitcats directorship of Coast to capital? Yes the same company that pushed for the i360. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 7

3:12pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

£7.6m has NOT been confiscated despite the headline. An order for confiscation of this amount has been made.

Recently an 'acquiantance' of mine was served with a similar order to repay £35,000. Total amount ACTUALLY recovered-nil. Cost incurred (assuming similar rates to HMRC recoveries) around £5,000. Cost to the public- £5,000. Benefit to the public- nil.

Perhaps the Argus could do a follow up story showing the eventual amount retrieved, and the cost of doing so.
£7.6m has NOT been confiscated despite the headline. An order for confiscation of this amount has been made. Recently an 'acquiantance' of mine was served with a similar order to repay £35,000. Total amount ACTUALLY recovered-nil. Cost incurred (assuming similar rates to HMRC recoveries) around £5,000. Cost to the public- £5,000. Benefit to the public- nil. Perhaps the Argus could do a follow up story showing the eventual amount retrieved, and the cost of doing so. Goldenwight
  • Score: 7

6:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Fred Long says...

Like so many stories in the Argus, this appeared on the Brighton and Hove News website a few days before. It's become something of a pattern.
Like so many stories in the Argus, this appeared on the Brighton and Hove News website a few days before. It's become something of a pattern. Fred Long
  • Score: -1

3:47pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Bill in Hanover says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
Shall we start a petition asking where the money went. While we are at it could we have a look at the conflict of interest surrounding Jason Kitcats directorship of Coast to capital? Yes the same company that pushed for the i360.
As Kitcat is retiring from politics comletely next May there will be no conflict of interest and he will no doubt work full time for the Company now that they have the contract.
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: Shall we start a petition asking where the money went. While we are at it could we have a look at the conflict of interest surrounding Jason Kitcats directorship of Coast to capital? Yes the same company that pushed for the i360.[/p][/quote]As Kitcat is retiring from politics comletely next May there will be no conflict of interest and he will no doubt work full time for the Company now that they have the contract. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 1

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