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Waste criminal must repay £1.4m

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A convicted waste criminal has been ordered to repay almost £1.4m for defrauding producer compliance schemes (PCSs).

At a proceeds of crime hearing, Leeds Crown Court ordered Terry Soloman Dugbo to pay back the sum or face a further eight years in prison.

He is already serving seven years and six months – the longest jail term yet given for an environmental crime.

The Environment Agency (EA) brought the case following an investigation into the profit Dugbo made from defrauding the electrical waste recycling industry of £2.2m.

He was found guilty in 2016 of falsifying paperwork from his Leeds-based firm, TLC Recycling, to claim money through PCSs for collecting and recycling more than 19,500 tonnes of household electrical waste during 2011.

The company had never handled the amounts of waste described and he was not entitled to the money.

Dugbo had not provide any credible evidence on the whereabouts of the proceeds of his fraud.

The EA’s investigation led officers to uncover bank accounts in Nigeria, Senegal and Spain, and suggested he had benefitted from his crimes to the tune of £1,373,060.09.

They also found documents that showed Dugbo enjoyed five-star holidays in Ibiza and mainland Europe; luxury vehicles, including a Bentley; and tailor-made suits.

EA waste team leader Paul Salter said: “Dugbo has now been ordered to repay £1.3m, which is a significant confiscation order on top of the custodial sentence already handed out. It sends out a clear message to others who flout the law that waste crime does not pay.”

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