Confiscation Orders secured for Dorset offences
Dorset Police successfully seized over £223,000 in ill-gained assets from criminals using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Confiscation orders have been secured against three men who are currently serving prison terms for a total of more than 12 years for their part in unrelated crimes in Dorset.
Dean Anthony Pennett, 46 and of Bournemouth, had a confiscation order made against him after he pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries in the Bournemouth area.
The order, valued at £6,124 and secured on Thursday 4 June 2015 at Bournemouth Crown Court, came after he was handed a 14-month prison sentence on the same day.
On Wednesday 29 April 2015, Pennett was arrested at his home following an investigation into a series of burglaries – the most recent of which had been committed the previous day. He stole £3,500 cash from a flat above the Portman Hotel in Boscombe.
Officers carried out a search of Pennett’s home and discovered a bank statement showing he had banked some of the cash proceeds from an earlier burglary into his account.
The money in his bank account was restrained under the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and a compensation order obtained returning some of the money to the victim.
Another confiscation order – valued at £172,781 – was handed to James Robert Cosser, 28 and of Bournemouth, at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 7 May 2015.
This came after he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Friday 24 October 2014, at the same court, for conspiring to supply class A and class B drugs.
Cosser was initially arrested in January 2012 following a Dorset Police operation in Corfe Mullen, in which officers recovered 3.1 kilos of amphetamine. He was charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
He was arrested again in June 2013 in connection with another Dorset Police operation and charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs – cocaine.
During the investigations, a Sunseeker speedboat and a BMW car were seized from Cosser and held by police under a Proceeds of Crime Act restraint order that had been obtained in connection with an outstanding order made against him in 2009 – following previous drugs supply convictions.
Cosser was subsequently convicted on both counts and was made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order for a period of five years from his release.
The speedboat and car were both sold with proceeds going toward the confiscation order.
Dominic Ash, 26 and of Bournemouth, had a confiscation order, worth £44,267, secured against him on Friday 15 May 2015 at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Ash pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs – cannabis – at the same court in February 2014 where he was jailed for a year.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of Dorset Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We will take every available opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain to directly compensate victims of crime, ensuring offenders are held to account and victims are put first.
“We hope this sends out a clear message to offenders that they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to pay for their crimes.”
Issued: 11 June 2015