A dodgy jeweller who landed himself in trouble when he tried to pay cash for a £94,000 super car has been ordered to hand over more than £500,000 in criminal gains.
Lyndon Hudson, of Leicester Close, Little London, Leeds, was jailed for 18 months for money laundering after he attempted to buy the Lamborghini in Watford in 2013.
The 41-year-old, who ran Lex Jewellery, was found to be selling counterfeit goods, failing to keep proper records and conducting transactions mainly in cash.
A further Proceeds of Crime Act investigation by the Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) – comprising officers from several police forces – found that, in the previous six years, Hudson had made £577,810 from his dodgy dealings. At St Albans Crown Court on Thursday Hudson was ordered to pay the whole amount within three months or face a further four-and-a-half years in prison.
A large number of assets have already been seized, including £341,000 in cash confiscated in a previous money laundering investigation by West Yorkshire Police in 2010.
Jewellery and watches valued at £100,000 – including a £50,000 diamond ring – and £38,000 held in a property owned by Hudson in Leeds will also contribute towards his hefty bill.
Paul Fitzsimmons, of the RECU, said: “By combining resources in this case with West Yorkshire Police, we ensured that a substantial confiscation order was granted against this individual, sending out a really positive message to those criminals intending to benefit from their crimes.”