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Prison threat to skip hire boss

A skip hire boss from County Durham has been ordered to repay £14,000 or face nine months in jail after admitting illegally dumping and burning waste.

John Gary Friedlander, 44, of Bowburn, County Durham, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was told to pay back the money he had acquired through his illegal activity within six months or face nine months in prison. He was also fined £100 for each of two offences.

Lee Fish, prosecuting counsel for the Environment Agency, said Friedlander ran two illegal waste sites in County Durham and ignored repeated warnings.

The court heard that Friedlander was the director of AAA Skip and Plant Hire and operated from his home at Whitwell South Farm in Bowburn, and on land that he leased in Ferryhill.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Friedlander was ordered to pay back £14,000 because the only asset he had left was equity in his own home.

Judge Guy Whitburn QC ruled that he benefited from his criminal activity to the sum of £175,000 and that if his financial situation changes in future he will have to pay more back.  

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