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Rubery men ordered to pay back illegal gains
5:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
TWO Rubery men who helped devised a scheme to steal valuable electronic goods while working for a distribution agency have been ordered to pay back their illegal gains.
Ian Rees, 39, of Heronswood Road, Rednal, and Timothy Gardner, 44, of The Pines, Rubery, along with Rafal Balon, 30, of Turnstone Way, Peterborough, worked for I Force, which was contracted to deal with the collection and despatch of items for John Lewis Products.
They sent out expensive items labelled as cheap goods to nominated recipients. These were later sold on e-bay.
All three were each given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months at Worcester Crown Court in July.
Gerry Bermingham told a Proceeds of Crime Application hearing that the benefit for each accused had been estimated at £19,986. This had been accepted by Balon, who was not at the hearing.
Rees and Gardner, who were in court but not represented, claimed they would have difficulty in making the compensation to John Lewis.
It was agreed their share would be £9,993 each, and they were given six months to pay.
Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC warned them there would be a six-month prison sentence in default.
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