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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Extra prison term for Cumbrian crook who failed to pay back cash

A criminal who failed to pay back £222,000 within six months is to serve an extra two and a half years in prison.

Peter Farquhar photo
Peter Farquhar

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Peter Henry Farquhar, 54, of Briscoe Crescent, Whitehaven, was jailed for three years and nine months at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2011 after being found guilty of a £14,000 benefits fraud, money laundering, conspiring to avoid import tax on cigarettes and conspiring to import illegal steroids.

At a Proceeds of Crime hearing in December last year, he was found to have benefited to the value of £266,005.

The court heard Farquhar - who unsuccessfully appealed against his sentence - had assets worth just over £222,000, including a house in Whitehaven, a motor vehicle and £100,000 in 'hidden' assets.

He was told he had six months to hand-over the £222,000 and if he failed to do so, would serve the default sentence of two and a half years.

He failed to do that and Liverpool Magistrates Court activated that term.

Detective Inspector Rob O’Connor, of Cumbria police, said: "I said that if he failed to pay we would pursue him and he will now serve another two and a half years in prison.

“Even after his release, if he still fails to pay, this amount will stay with him for life and through the courts we will look to take his possessions away from him.

“Others should see this sentence as a warning that we will not tolerate people living on the proceeds of crime."


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