Convicted Hull mechanic to have assets seized

Published: Tuesday 24th November 2015 by The News Editor

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A Hull mechanic convicted of fraud, drug trafficking and money laundering is to have more than £413,000 of his assets confiscated.

Paul Critchlow, 48, was sentenced to 9 years in prison last year following a 2-and-a-half year investigation between Humberside and Nottinghamshire police forces.

He was found to be a significant player in an organised crime group operating in Hull. A total of £570,152 of criminal proceeds had gone through his finances in the space of 6 years, but he had declared less than £10,000 to the Inland Revenue.

Financial investigators have been working tirelessly to recover his criminal assets since he was jailed on August 22, 2014. A confiscation order for £413,559.32 was finally approved by the courts this month.

Mr Critchlow was arrested on April 14, 2012 on suspicion of theft, money laundering and fraud.

He had lived in a caravan on land he owned, grossly exaggerated his income to buy a detached farmhouse in Brandesburton, East Yorkshire, and a second property in Dodswell Grove, Hull. The investigation also resulted in the discovery of a stolen motorcycle and 20,000 counterfeit cigarettes.

On November 19, 2013 – while on bail for his original offences – he was arrested again for carrying 3kg of cocaine, which had a minimum value of £120,000.

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Published: Tuesday 24th November 2015 by The News Editor

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