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Convicted man given confiscation order

A man convicted of money laundering, possession of criminal property and an offence under the medicines act has been issued a £110,000 confiscation order.

The 55-year-old man, from Bournemouth, was convicted of the offences on 27 November 2011.

His trial followed an investigation by Dorset Police which found he was selling perfumes stolen from the Procter and Gamble factory in Poole, as well as Viagra tablets.

The man was found in possession of stolen perfumes worth more than £37,000 when he was arrested.

Following his conviction, a ‘criminal lifestyle’ investigation was conducted by Dorset Police – under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

On Wednesday 27 March 2013, he was issued with a Confiscation Order by Dorchester Crown Court – instructing the man to pay £110,000 within six months or serve a two year term of imprisonment in default.

The default sentence does not discharge the order and the £110,000 is still required to be paid.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of the Dorset Police Economic Crime Unit, said: “Whenever it is identified that someone has benefited from their criminal conduct, we will try to recover that benefit.

“It is right that the public should see convicted criminals deprived of their ill-gotten gains, especially in these difficult financial times.”

Confiscation orders are paid to the Home Office, with Dorset Police receiving a proportion of the money back.

In the first three quarters of the current financial year (between April 2012 and January 2013), Dorset Police has received more than £146,000 from the proceeds of crime. This money is re-invested in policing in Dorset.

Issued: 28 March 2013