Ringleader of timeshare scam gang which conned 400 victims ordered to pay back £85k
Brian Carr is behind bars for being the ringleader of the gang, but will have to pay back over £80,000 under Proceeds of Crime proceedings
A conman who is behind bars for a timeshare fraud has been ordered to pay back over £85,000.
Brian Carr, 31, is estimated to have made £829,319 from his scam.
The fraudster, from Redditch, shamefully targeted the elderly and those in poor health.
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He was jailed for six years and eight months for conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice in February 2018.
But after confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act held on July 1 he was ordered to repay £85,309.
Carr, who used to live in Brockhill Lane, was said to be the ringleader of a group of nine people in the timeshare fraud scheme.
The trial heard how the frauds were committed between 2012 and 2015 and often targeted vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those in poor health, and was in three parts.
First, the victims were cold-called and falsely told that prospective buyers had been found for their timeshare properties, most of which are in Spain.
Advance “sale fees” were sought by the fraudsters to support the fake transactions. Further attempts to gain yet more money were then made under the pretence that “sales had fallen through” and needed more funding.
In the second part, the fraudsters adopted different names and company names to contact those who had lost money and made false offers of further schemes and transactions to help mitigate their losses.
And in the third part, the group contacted victims and pretended to be from the Spanish authorities. They stated that the funds would be returned to the victims’ bank accounts for an up-front fee.
To facilitate the frauds, the group set up more than 10 limited companies (both in the UK and abroad), with offices in the West Midlands, staff, bank accounts, and the means to process card payments.
The total value of the funds fraudulently obtained by the group is more than £875,000, made up of payments from around 470 victims.
Proceeds of Crime proceedings are being held against all of the defendants.
All outstanding benefit from criminal conduct is a lifetime debt owed until such time as it is fully repaid.
Detective Inspector Emma Wright, of West Mercia Police, said: “We are committed to protecting vulnerable people from harm and this includes removing assets from those who have benefited from the proceeds of crime.
“The order granted in respect of Carr represents the results of a time-consuming criminal investigation and linked financial investigation. The result demonstrates that crime does not pay.
“The Proceeds of Crime legislation is a powerful tool in the fight for justice and removing assets from an offender to rightly reimburse the victims of their crime, is key even where they are subject to a custodial sentence.”
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