A waste criminal has been prosecuted by the Environment Agency has been ordered to pay back more than £176,000 of illegal profits he made from his illegitimate activities.
William John Peter Reidy, who was sentenced to a 16 month prison sentence in 2007 for illegal dumping of waste - including asbestos - was ordered to sell land and properties in order to pay back the illegal profits (27 November) he made to the EA, at Bradford Crown Court.
The Proceeds of Crime Act application, used in cases where an offender has benefitted financially from their crimes, was brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, after a referral from the EA.
SOCA investigators estimate that Reidy benefited by £1,721,760 from his crimes but was recently declared bankrupt and SOCA could only retrieve traceable assets.
Reidy was sentenced in March 2007 after Bradford Crown Court heard that his firm called Space Making Development was paid to take building waste away from companies across Yorkshire. But in reality the business boosted profits by dumping the waste illegally.
EA environmental crime officer Paul Glasby said: This is a great result. Waste crime is unacceptable. It puts people and the environment at risk and undermines legitimate businesses.
Confiscating the proceeds of criminals, including assets used in waste crime such as trucks and heavy equipment, can often break their ability to re-offend.
In this case we have worked effectively with SOCA but increasingly we are carrying out the majority of PoCA investigations in-house and are currently investigating a number of cases across the country worth up to £25m in total.
SOCA proceeds of crime deputy director Ian Cruxton said: William Reidy founded a business on illegal activity, and exploited peoples good faith for his own benefit. He should not be able to keep the money he took fraudulently from other peoples pockets.
The court has deemed Mr Reidys profits to be the proceeds of crime and so SOCA, and our partners in the EA, have made sure he wont enjoy them.