A man who owed £881,513 as the result of running an illegal waste site was arrested in the attempt to leave the country.
Amrik Johal, 55, has been jailed for three years after being aprehended while attempting to fly to Delhi. Airport security checks revealed a warrant had been issued for him, and Metropolitan Police Special Branch at Heathrow Airport stopped the plane as it was taxiing for takeoff. Johal was arrested on the runway.
The warrant was issued in May 2013 after he failed to appear in court to explain why he had not paid the £881,513 ordered by Reading Crown Court in July 2011 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. That hearing followed his conviction for waste crimes in 2010.
The Environment Agency had brought a case against him for running an illegal waste site (see photo gallery above) in Slough, Berkshire. Waste was dumped at the site in 2006 and 2007, cars were crushed and diesel was burnt, causing a nuisance for neighbours.
Johal was said to be fleeing to “avoid paying back the proceeds of his illegal waste business”, despite owning several properties.
The EA’s prosecution team leader for the south east region, Angus Innes, said: “Thanks to both the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Southeast Regional Confiscation Unit HMCTS, Mr Johal was prevented from leaving the country and is now in prison.
“Waste crime puts people and the environment at risk and undermines legitimate businesses. Mr Johal’s imprisonment sends out a clear message to all those who commit waste offences: Disobey the law and you will be punished.”