Suffolk criminal must pay over £100k Proceeds of Crime

A Suffolk fraudster who conned a victim out thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay over £100,000 following a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

JaguarHemen Adalat, 29, of Star Lane, Ipswich, has been ordered to pay £100,157.67 by 19 July this year, or face a two year prison sentence if he fails to do so. He must also pay cost of £11,142.

Suffolk Trading Standards, who took the case, have also been awarded Adalat’s Jaguar XJ Luxury which is to remain in their possession until the full amount has been paid.

The sum of £100,157.67 was reached as Adalat was unable to account for the earnings being made from legitimate business.

Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection said:

“Trading Standards have been a driving force to secure this confiscation and I am pleased that Mr Adalat has been sentenced. The Proceeds of Crime Act is a very powerful tool which gives us the opportunity to target and tackle criminals, and make them pay for their crimes.

“This case serves to show why it is important for Suffolk residents to become aware of the tactics used by scammers to dupe them out of their hard earned cash.”

Last year, Mr Adalat was found guilty of 2 counts of fraud and 3 counts of money laundering. During sentencing, Judge John Devaux called Mr Adalat a “deeply dishonest man” who played on the claim that he couldn’t speak English even though during two hours of interviews he could express himself clearly.

Adalat took thousands of pounds from his victim who answered an advert on Auto Trader and was unknowingly brought into Adalat’s web of deception.

In 2012, his victim reported that they felt they had been tricked into buying a “clocked” vehicle, and a Trading Standards investigation was launched. A BMW 3 Series had been advertised with a mileage of nearly 40,000 miles, a £7,500 price tag, and one female previous owner, as well as various other statements.

However, Trading Standards found evidence to show that the mileage of the vehicle had been lowered by over 100,000 miles.

Hemen Adalat was sentenced to 3 months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

If you are concerned about a purchase you have made, please report details to Trading Standards on 03454 040506.

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