THE Environment Agency has successfully gained a proceeds of crime confiscation order on two brothers from Solihull who had previously received custodial sentences following a fraud investigation.
Hearings at Birmingham Crown Court on 31 January and 2 February 2022, ordered Jamil Rehman, 58, of Appleby Grove, to pay £295,965.97 and Saleem Rehman, 57, of Buckbury Croft, £100,000.
The orders follow an investigation which detailed how Jamil, who was the sole director at Electronic Waste Specialists Ltd (EWS), had submitted fictitious claims for the recycling of approximately 10,600 tonnes of electronic waste, with his company receiving payment to the value of £1.48million from a producer compliance scheme, Weeelight Ltd.
Jamil Rehman admitted one charge of trading fraudulently between October 2011 and January 2012.
His brother, Saleem Rehman, admitted one charge of theft from the company.
On January 6, 2020, Jamil Rehman received a custodial sentence of five years four months while Saleem was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Following these sentences, the Environment Agency carried out a confiscation investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
At a hearing on February 1, Jamil Rehman was ordered to pay £295,965.97 within three months with a default sentence of four years imprisonment for not paying within that period.
The court determined he had benefitted in the sum of £1,481,908.85, with the £295,965.97 being his available amount.
At a hearing on January 31, Saleem Rehman was ordered to pay £100,000 within three months with a default sentence of two years imprisonment for not paying within that period.
The court determined he had benefitted in the sum of £100,000 and this was also his available amount.
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