06:07 PM March 29, 2022
A Norfolk man has been ordered to pay back £1million for his part in a series of burglaries across East Anglia.
Garage owner Simon Oakley, 49, formerly of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, was jailed for nine years in 2018 for his part in a gang that robbed more than 200 homes in the east of England, stealing over £2 million worth of property.
Oakley printed fake license plates and provided them to the gang, using a machine found at his home.
Following his conviction, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) launched a financial investigation which discovered that Oakley had earned over £1million from his involvement in the crimes.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Monday March 28, Oakley was ordered to pay £1,068,875.
He must pay the money within the next three months or face another two-year prison sentence, as well as having to repay the money.
Funds will be returned to Oakley victims.
Financial Investigations Manager for ERSOU, Leanne Middleton, said: “We will maximize every opportunity we can under POCA legislation, alongside our colleagues in the police force, to rob those who seek to benefit from their earnings. ill-gotten.
“Oakley will now have to pay the full price for its actions, and we hope this serves as an important reminder to anyone who thinks they can profit financially by invoking misery on the lives of others.
“We know this can’t outweigh the impact Oakley and his fellow gang members have had on the lives of the people they robbed, but we hope it can provide some consolation to them.”