A man jailed for nearly a decade for producing crack cocaine and spending the proceeds on expensive cars and furnishings has now been ordered to pay back £150,000 of his ill-gotten gains.
At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act yesterday, Matthew Moss was ordered to pay back £150,000 within six months. If does not make the payments, he will be jailed for a further 30 months.
At the hearing, which took place at Derby Crown Court, the 34-year-old was also given a financial reporting order. This means he must report his financial situation to the police for the next ten years or face a further 51 weeks in prison for each time he fails to do so.
The Proceeds of Crime Act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
Last May, Moss, of New Street, North Wingfield, was sentenced at the same court to nine years and seven months in prison after he pleaded guilty to producing crack cocaine and four counts of concealing criminal property.
He was stopped by police in Birkin Lane, Wingerworth, shortly before midnight on February 23 2011. The car he was driving was searched and a large amount of crack cocaine was found.
During the investigation, it was discovered that between 2007 and 2011, Moss had bought expensive cars, including a BMW, and spent thousands of pounds renovating and decorating properties.
Detective Superintendent Terry Branson, who leads on POCA for the force, said: “The Proceeds of Crime Act is an excellent piece of legislation which allows us to make sure that criminals are stripped of any wealth they have made illegally.
“This was a lengthy and complex investigation but the jail term and the confiscation order are both brilliant results.”