Court Result

Sentences extended for Sussex and Berkshire men who defaulted on court-ordered repayments

Two men who defaulted on their respective court-ordered repayments have had their jail sentences extended, following work by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

Michael Terry, 63, from East Sussex, and John Green, 53, from Berkshire, both had their original prison sentences extended after failing to pay confiscation orders they had been ordered to repay under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Specialist financial investigators from SEROCU became involved after both refused to pay back the money they had gained from criminal activity.

Terry, formerly of Lynchet Close, Brighton, was jailed following a Sussex Police investigation which found he had defrauded a vulnerable elderly woman, who he had befriended over eight years.

He had successfully applied to be her Power of Attorney, giving him authority over her financial affairs, and systematically and ruthlessly used her accounts for his own benefit and that of his family until the money ran out.

The victim died in December 2017. 

Terry was originally sentenced to three years’ imprisonment at Hove Crown Court on 2 July and ordered to comply with a confiscation order for £97,843, to be paid within three months.

After failing to repay the total amount, his sentenced was extended by 12-months at a Lewes Crown Court hearing on 25 October.

In a separate case, Green, formerly of Sutton Lane, Slough, also had his jail sentence extended following a conviction for fraud, embezzlement, deception and crimes of dishonesty.

An investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards found that Green had defrauded three people in Hertfordshire and a fourth in Surrey by charging vastly inflated amounts for home improvement works.

He was initially sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and ordered to repay the outstanding amount owed of £125,027.59. On Friday, 25 October, at Guildford Crown court, his sentence was extended by 476 days for failing to pay back the funds. Detective Inspector Tom Bradshaw, from SEROCU’s Economic Crime Capability, said: “This is an important result for the individuals and families who were victim of these crimes, and I hope the extended jail sentences go some way to alleviating the suffering caused by these men.

“I also hope it sends a loud message to criminals that we will come after them, even after they have been sentenced, to claim back the money that was never rightfully theirs.”