Businessman to pay back about £1 million
A skip hire boss has been ordered to pay back cash after he was found to have profited from illegal waste crime by almost £1 million, according to the Environment Agency.
Raymond Shepherd of Rookhope in County Durham could have to pay back £980,207 under the Proceeds of Crime Act – the agreed sum of his criminal activities – if he comes into future assets.
It’s a debt for life for the 61-year-old who ran Albert Hill Skip Hire in Darlington and was jailed for 18 months when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court for sentence on December 12, 2013. He was also disqualified from being a company director for 10 years.
Shepherd was convicted following two separate trials of operating a waste facility without a permit, depositing waste without a permit and failing to comply with a suspension notice.
Environment Agency officers then began proceedings to make him pay back a sum of money which the Agency said reflected the gain from his criminal activities.
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