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Blackmailing fraudsters ordered to repay over £800,000

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9:40am 31st January 2012

Blackmailing fraudsters ordered to repay over £800,000

North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit have confiscated more than £800,000 from blackmailing fraudsters.

Travellers, Dennis and Bianca McGinley were jailed in April 2010 after conning their victims into parting with vast sums of money by pretending to be from the IRA and threatening them with serious violence.

Dennis McGinley, now 32, was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and blackmail. Bianca McGinley, 26 was jailed for three-and-a-half years at the time after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and blackmail.

At a confiscation hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Monday 30 January 2012, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC declared that they had benefited from their crimes to the sum of £1,859,675.

Based on their realisable assets, he ordered Dennis to repay £787,480 before 1 June 2012, if he fails to do so, he will have to serve a further four years in prison and will still be liable to pay the cash back.

Bianca McGinley was ordered to repay £29,315 before 30 March 2012, if she fails to do so, she will face a further 12 months in prison and still be required to repay the money.

The pair terrorised victims across the country into parting with vast sums of cash, threatening them with serious acts of violence. One of their victims, a York farmer handed over  almost  £1m in 12 months after they threatened him with kneecapping and killing his elderly mother.

A father and son from Staffordshire handed over £800,000 in cash and plant machinery without telling each other as both were so frightened by McGinley, neither could bring themselves to speak to each other about the threats.

The Mcginleys spent much of the cash on plush caravans and luxury cars before they were finally arrested in Essex in March 2009.

Five of McGinley’s victims will be compensated from the proceeds of the confiscation order.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills, head of  the Financial Investigation Unit at North Yorkshire Police, said:

“The McGinleys were ruthless, convincing  blackmailers who destroyed their victims lives by threatening them with horrendous acts of violence and conning them out hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“We are more than pleased to be able to take back a large portion of that cash and hand it back to the victims who suffered so much.

“We hope this gives them some comfort after the profound effect the McGinleys had on their sense of wellbeing and security.”

This is the highest confiscation order obtained by North Yorkshire Police this financial year.

 

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