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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Former Cumbria man jailed for not paying court-ordered £200,000

Former Cumbria man jailed for not paying court-ordered £200,000

Peter Henry Farquhar

Peter Henry Farquhar, 55, formally of Briscoe Crescent, Whitehaven, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court in relation to a Proceeds of Crime default sentence hearing on December 4.

He was sentenced to three years and nine months, at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2011.

He was imprisoned for offences of retaining a wrongful credit in relation to disability and incapacity benefit, money laundering, conspiring to avoid the import tax on cigarettes, and conspiring to import illegal steroids.

Farquhar was given six months to pay the £222,000, and if he failed to pay was told he would serve a default sentence of two and a half years.

As a result of not paying off the £222,000 Farquhar’s default sentence was imposed and he was sent back to prison for a further two and a half years.

In 2011 Farquhar was found to have benefited from crime to the value of £266,005.

It was found that he had realisable assets to the value of just over £222,000, including a house in Whitehaven, a Toyota motor vehicle, and £100,000 in hidden assets.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob O’Connor, of Cumbria Police, said: “Peter Farquhar lived a life of luxury in Thailand and sent parcels back to the UK for others.

“He lived on the profits, and through pure greed continued to claim benefits he thought he was entitled to from the Department of Work and Pensions.

“Working in partnership with the DWP, once Farquhar returned to the UK he was arrested.

“I said at the time of his POCA hearing in December 2012, 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, and will vigorously enforce the non-payment of orders made by the Courts.”

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