Proceeds of Crime: the UK’s 10 largest environmental confiscation orders

Millions of pounds of ill-gotten gains have been won back from environmental criminals and, on occasion, legitimate businesses. Gareth Simkins looks through some of the largest.

1 Lee Hazel: £1,990,463.39

Hazel ran an unpermitted waste operation near Chippenham and dumped waste unlawfully. The Environment Agency’s five-year investigation into his criminal activities concluded in October 2017, with the imposition of a confiscation order of almost £2m. Lawyers for the scrapyard owner successfully whittled the sum down by £740,000, arguing that it had been calculated incorrectly under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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