[A] Proceeds of Crime hearing has ordered a 57-year-old man to pay almost £60,000 within 3 months or face prison.
Graham Wait, of Mill Road, Bathgate, West Lothian, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (January 20th). He had benefitted from crime to the value of £59,365.63.
He was told that if he does not pay this amount to the court within 3 months he will spend two years in prison.
Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court in April 22nd of last year, Wait was found guilty of theft by unanimous jury. He was handed an 18-month sentence suspended for two years, and also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 in costs.
Wait’s sentence was in connection with the theft of tyres from Pirelli Tyres, which took place while he was working as an employee of Drummonds Distribution.
The criminal activity was taking place with Mark Claxton, who was employed in a supervisory role at Pirelli. The 55-year-old was given a two-year community order in February of last year after pleading guilty to theft. The last known address for Claxton was The Square, Cummersdale.
Claxton was caught on CCTV loading stolen tyres on to a Drummonds Distribution HGV, which was then driven to Bathgate by Wait. The stolen tyres were then sold on eBay.
After the criminal investigation concluded, a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation was then launched by Cumbria Constabulary.
A spokesperson from Cumbria Constabulary said: “This case should make people think twice before getting involved in crime as a way to make money. Although Wait was not sent to prison, under the Proceeds of Crime Act there is now a very real chance that if he does not pay £59365.63 within the 3-month period he will go to prison for 2 years.
“This case demonstrates that a police investigation isn’t always over when criminals are sentenced in court. We will continue to target criminals who gain money from their crimes and work hard to ensure that the money is re-payed to the victims or the community the offender has affected.”