A CROOK who ran a brothel from a South Yorkshire house when he was supposed to be on day release from prison has been ordered to pay back £16,000 – or serve another jail term.
Rashpal Singh, aged 30, was serving a six-year sentence for aggravated burglary when he was allowed to work in the community six days a week to reintegrate him into society.
But while prison officials thought he was earning the minimum wage working for a Rotherham tyre firm, he was actually operating a seedy brothel from a terraced house on Alma Road in the town.
At a hearing brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Sheffield Crown Court heard that Singh made more than £25,000 from his scam, which lasted for around six months.
Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said Alma Road was sold in 2008 and undervalued by £16,000 in an attempt to launder Singh’s illicit profits.
“This is the only available asset that the defendant has access to and is able to realise,” Mr Coxon said.
Judge Alan Goldsack QC ordered Singh to hand over the £16,000 within six months, but added: “Given the present state of the property market, there will be liberty to apply for an extension of a further six-month period in which to pay the full sum.”
The judge said Singh would be jailed for nine months if he failed to pay the money back.
Singh was allowed his freedom between 5.30am and 9pm, and spent his time recruiting prostitutes for his brothel, called Glitz.
He advertised the women’s services ‘extensively’, and would ferry his sex workers to and from the brothel before returning to his cell at Moorland Open Prison in Doncaster.
Singh was originally jailed after breaking into a house with an imitation firearm.
He was locked up for a further two years in 2010 for running the brothel.