Sheffield scrap metal dealers must pay back cash or risk prison sentence

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A scrap metal man and his son have been ordered to pay back more than £140,000 or risk being sent to prison.

Michael Edwards and his son Joel, both of Marlcliffe Road, Hillsborough, were ordered to pay back £141,399 within six months at a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

Detectives investigated their scrap metal business on Stoke Street, Attercliffe, as part of an operation to tackle metal theft.

Officers found no evidence of theft but discovered the pair failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds of their income between March 2010 and April 2012.

The Proceeds of Crime Act means anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

Edwards senior, aged 69, has six months to pay back £104,800 or face two years in prison. He previously admitted removing criminal property and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in April 2014.

His 39-year-old son was ordered to pay back £36,518 within six months or serve a 14-month prison sentence. He had previously admitted converting criminal property and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson said: “These confiscation orders follow a number of raids on scrap metal dealers and complex investigations spanning more than three years.

“Let this serve as a reminder to those living off crime that we will find you and work with the courts to ensure that money is taken from you.”