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Scarborough drug dealer stripped of his assets

February 21, 2013, 2:25 pm

A convicted Scarborough drug dealer has been ordered to repay £24,111.37 of illegal income.

50-year-old Michael Andrew Osbourne, of Oxcliff, Scarborough, was ordered to repay the sum at a York Crown Court confiscation hearing held at Harrogate Magistrates Court on 19 February 2013.

The court heard how North Yorkshire Polices Financial Investigation Unit established that Osbourne had £25,076.49 worth of income and expenditure over the course of six years which could not be accounted for though his legitimate income.

The court applied the assumption that the money must have been generated through criminal activity and he was ordered to pay £24,111.37, being the total sum of his available assets.

He must pay the amount within three months. If he doesnt he will face a prison sentence and will still be liable to pay the money.

Osbourne was previously convicted of supplying amphetamine sulphate and possessing amphetamine sulphate with intent to supply, on 24 February 2012. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months and ordered to attend a non-residential, six-month drug rehabilitation course.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills who heads North Yorkshire Polices Financial Investigation Unit, said: “This is a classic example of how the Proceeds of Crime Act can be used to ensure that criminals do not benefit from their crimes. The powers under the legislation means we can hit criminals where it hurts them the most – their pocket.

“Criminals should take note, that not only can they face custodial sanctions, but we have the expertise to dissect their finances and gladly deprive them of their ill-gotten gains.”

If you suspect anyone is living beyond their means, tell the police and we will take action. Call the police on 101, or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Under the Why should they? campaign, North Yorkshire Police use some of the cash taken off criminals to re-invest in our local communities.

Since the launch of the campaign in 2010, the force has given £74,000 to local good causes.

Since 2008, North Yorkshire Police has seized approximately £5.5m from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Each year a small percentage of this is given back to the force by the Home Office, enabling us to re-invest in our local communities.

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