In two separate cases from Pendle, four men have been jailed for a total of over 10 years after failing to pay back their ill-gotten gains.
In 2010, Munsif Dad from Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, and his two sons Nadeem and Amer were found guilty at Burnley Crown Court of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. They had systematically defrauded several insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Nadeem and Amer Dad were both sentenced to 15 months in prison and Munsif Dad was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years. The family were ordered to pay £279,844.20 within six months under the Proceeds of Crime legislation. However, Amer and Nadeem paid back nothing, while Munsif paid back only a third of his individual requirement.
In 2012, Mohammed Khatana from Hawkshouse, Brierfield, pleaded guilty at Burnley Crown Court to fraud. He had defrauded the Legal Services Commission of hundreds of thousands of pounds by using two consulting companies to provide legal representation to clients on proceeds of crime and other criminal matters, despite having no legal qualification or accreditation to do so. He was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. He was ordered to pay £1,356,259.70 in six months, but hasn’t paid back anything.
At enforcement hearings at Liverpool Magistrates Court, the Dads were jailed for a total of almost four and a half years, and Mohammed Khatana got six years for defaulting on their payments.
John Dilworth, deputy chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West prosecution service, said: “The fact that the four men have received additional jail sentences sends out a clear message to those who think they can commit large scale fraud and then keep their ill-gotten gains.”