Illegal scrap operator ordered to pay £190,000

The Environment Agency has successfully invoked the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in prosecuting a scrapyard operator who netted almost £360,000 from illegal activities.

A waste operator has been ordered to pay almost £190,000 or face a year in jail after admitting to charges of running an unlicensed waste operation and money laundering.

It is the first time the Environment Agency has prosecuted a waste operator for money laundering and sought to recover funds through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The landmark case concluded with sentencing at Swansea crown court on 23 December 2008.

Danie

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