A man from Knowsley Village, who was convicted in October 2017 for car clocking, has been ordered to pay £20,000 relating to the proceeds he made from his illegal activity.
Andrew Lavelle, aged 37 years from Knowsley Lane, was sentenced to 31 months in prison in October 2017 for selling cars with false mileage (breaching the Fraud Act 2006). He clocked up almost 11 million miles on more than 130 vehicles before selling them on for huge profits.
Running alongside the criminal investigation, Mr Lavelle’s finances were also investigated to determine the benefits gained from his criminal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
At Liverpool Crown Court today (Friday 15 February 2019), a confiscation hearing took place which found that Mr Lavelle had benefitted from just under £140,000 (although current assets were valued at around £20,000) from his criminal activities, he was ordered to pay back £20,000 and Mr Lavelle has three months to pay, or face a further custodial sentence of nine months.
Both investigations were carried out by officers from Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health and Consumer Protection team, commencing back in 2014.
A Knowsley Council spokesperson said:
“This has been a complex and thorough investigation commenced by our Trading Standards Officers and concluded by our financial investigator. Innocent people have been the victim of this con which is completely unacceptable. Both investigations highlight that our Officers will investigate and take the appropriate steps to protect our residents and to ensure that criminals do not profit from their ill-gotten gains.”