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PAY UP: St Albans man ordered to repay illicit gains fuelled by diesel thefts

 Published on: 17th June 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from St Albans who was convicted for being part of a gang which stole diesel from businesses across Herts has been ordered to repay his illicit gains nearly 10 years after the thefts.

Thomas Beaney, 31, of Barley Mow Lane in St Albans was convicted in 2013 for his involvement in stealing almost £100,000 worth of diesel from a number of businesses has been ordered to repay £26,500.

He was jailed at the time for 12 months, suspended for 24 months, with the court finding that he had benefitted by around £41,000 due to the criminal activity.

However, no assets could be attributed to Beaney or other members of the gang, and he was ordered to repay a nominal amount of £1, pending future money and assets becoming available.

Now after an investigation from officers at the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), St Albans Crown Court heard on Monday, June 14 that Beaney’s confiscation order should be increased by £26,500.

Financial Investigation Manager Nick Bentley said: “Although Beaney’s criminal activities were some time ago, our enquiries into those who have benefitted from illegal activities don’t stop and once we became aware that he had the funds to satisfy some of the money he owes, our team worked quickly to ensure it was restrained.

“Using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), our specialist investigators will relentlessly pursue those subject to confiscation orders, and this is another example of the tireless work taking place to ensure criminals pay back their illicit gains. We’ll also continue to follow enquiries should further funds become available to satisfy the outstanding amount.”

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