A MAN from Redditch sentenced for his part in a 'deliberate and cynical' campaign of timeshare fraud has been ordered to repay a total of £85,309.

In February 2018, Brian Carr, aged 31, formerly of Brockhill Lane, Redditch, was one of a group of nine individuals jailed for his involvement in a timeshare fraud scheme.

The frauds were committed between 2012 and 2015 and often targeted vulnerable people such as the elderly and those in poor health.

Carr, who was understood to have been the group's ringleader, was imprisoned for six years and eight months in prison for conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice.

His benefit from this criminal lifestyle was deemed to be £829,316.

Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) began and on Monday, July 1.

All outstanding benefit from criminal conduct is a lifetime debt owed until such time as the amount is fully repaid.

Detective Inspector Emma Wright, of West Mercia Police's Economic Crime Unit, said: "We are committed to protecting vulnerable people from harm and this includes removing assets from those who have benefited from the proceeds of crime.

"The order granted in respect of this individual represents the results of a time-consuming criminal investigation and linked financial investigation. The result demonstrates that crime does not pay.

"The Proceeds of Crime legislation is a powerful tool in the fight for justice and removing assets from an offender to rightly reimburse the victims of their crime, is key even where they are subject to a custodial sentence."