Sheffield man, ordered to hand over £1.4million worth of assets

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A Sheffield man has been ordered to hand over £1.4million worth of assets following criminal confiscation and civil recovery proceedings at Sheffield Crown Court.

Edward Kirby-Dorsey, of Clumber Road, pleaded guilty to an offence of cheating the revenue due to failing to pay tax over a number of years.

Mr Dorsey was originally ordered to repay £500,000 within 14 days after he was deemed to have benefited through criminal activity. However, during the investigation South Yorkshire Police established that Mr Dorsey was thought to be concealing additional assets obtained from his criminal activities and the case was referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) who pursued the case through the civil recovery process. Finally, recovering assets that included the contents of further bank accounts and properties.

South Yorkshire Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency worked in partnership to ensure the successful conclusion of the case resulting in Mr Dorsey agreeing a settlement forcing him to hand over a further £929,000 on top of the £500,000 originally confiscated.

South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit Manager, Graham Wragg said: “South Yorkshire Police has made major strides since the Proceeds of Crime Act was introduced in 2002, and Mr Dorsey’s case was one of over 100 cases being dealt with and one of several that have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency for the civil recovery of assets gained through criminal activity.

“Each year some of the recovered financial assets confiscated through the Proceeds of Crime Act make their way back to South Yorkshire and in 2009/10 South Yorkshire Police received £827,070. This type of partnership working involving both South Yorkshire Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency is an excellent example of making full use of the Proceeds of Crime Act in order to deprive criminals of the gains of their criminality, proving that crime does not pay.”