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Still counting the cost of his crimes.

Still counting the cost of his crimes.

12:33pm 9th July 2010

A fraudster, involved in a million pound scam, is still counting the cost of his crimes.

Last year 65 year old, Trevor Morris from near Goole, was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for money laundering and his involvement in a 1.4 million pound theft from Aviva PLC in York.

Yesterday, Morris faced further punishment when a judge ruled that he had benefitted from nearly £70,000 as a result of his money laundering.

He's been ordered to pay-back the full amount within six months or face a further 18 months' imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Dave Edwards, of North Yorkshire Police's Financial Investigation Unit said:

 "This result demonstrates the potency of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The financial investigator in the case, Mike Sankey, was able to place a restraint on Morris' assets to prevent their disposal prior to the confiscation. The message is clear: "Why should criminals benefit financially from their crimes?" The Proceeds of Crime Act ensures that they don't, and a lot of the money confiscated goes back into the community to help fund projects. North Yorkshire Police will continue to pursue criminals and ensure that they don't benefit from any money or assets they obtain illegally."

Further confiscation hearings against the other men involved in the case are due to be heard in November 2010.

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