UNITED KINGDOM: An Indian-origin man has been ordered to pay back over £1 million pounds after being convicted and jailed for eight years in the UK.
Identified as Chirag Patel, the man with Indian descent has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, in October 2018, for handling 19 stolen vehicles worth over 700,000 pounds at the Croydon Crown Court.
After being subject to a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Patel has been ordered to pay back 1,369,661.90 pounds.
Patel has also been handed down a 10-year default prison sentence, which will be imposed if he fails to pay back the money.
In February 2015, the 40-year-old was arrested after discovering five high-value vehicles in the basement car park at his home address.
Metropolitan Police Acting Detective Sergeant Billy Clough, who led the investigation, said, “The Met is committed to ensuring that individuals who commit criminality are identified, prosecuted and their criminal assets are seized.”
During a search of Patel’s property in the UK, officers recovered 26 sets of car keys, as well as lists of vehicles and registrations, machines for accessing onboard computers in vehicles and programming keys and a number of mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
It was later discovered that Patel had been using the vehicles in the running of an “off-the-books” vehicle rental business where vehicles were rented out to his associates and contacts.
The identities of the cars were concealed using legitimate insurance details of vehicles which had been written off.