FRAUDSTERS who lived a life of luxury from money laundering and deception have been ordered to repay £110,000 of ill-gotten gains.
A judge at Southwark Crown Court in London ruled Anthony Gould, aged 48, had benefited in the sum of £2,052,000 from the proceeds of high value deceptions committed in England and Spain with 49-year-old Sheffield woman Helen Chapman.
But despite an extensive investigation into Gould’s financial background the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team was unable to identify any realisable assets, so the court made a nominal order which can be reviewed.
Gould, from Leeds, took the identity of his brother to use fake documents to set up bank accounts. He is serving a four year jail term imposed in March 2010 for 22 offences of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to obtain money transfers by deception.
Chapman parted company with her legal team last week, so the court adjourned her case until May. She received a 15-month jail term for conspiracy to obtain money by deception in connection with a £2.6 million mortgage.
She had claimed to earn £400,000 a year working for a mobile phone company in Bakewell. She did not earn that amount and it was Gould who ran the company.
Det Chief Insp Lisa Atkinson, head of the Asset Recovery Team, said: “The defendants enjoyed a lavish life funded by their crimes.”
Two men also connected with the case - Alan Hill, 54, of Owlthorpe, Sheffield, and Mark Bates, 50, of Highfield Lane, Chesterfield - also had confiscation orders made against them. Hill was ordered to repay £15,000 and Bates £95,000. Their role involved creating false documents for clients to obtain loans for which they were not eligible. They also falsified the amount of work they undertook in order to be paid a larger share of the commission from a company of which Bates was a partner.