Felpham fraudsman will have to surrender criminal profits

Court results.
Court results.

A FELPHAM fraudsman will have to surrender his criminal profits.

Keith Tamkin, 52, of Broomcroft Road, was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court last December to 18 months after admitting possession of one of the largest ever hauls of hi-tech equipment for use in copyright theft ever found in the UK.

He now has to surrender some of his criminal profits.

He had previously pleaded guilty to six offences. He had admitted one offence of distributing articles infringing copyright, two of money laundering a total of £140,000, one of transferring criminal property - a computer - and two of possessing prohibited weapons -a pepper spray and a stun gun.

He was sentenced to 12 months immediate imprisonment for the distribution offence; eight months to run concurrently for one of the money laundering offences, another three months to run consecutively for the transfer of criminal property offence; three months also to run concurrently for the other money laundering offence; another three months to run consecutively for the stun gun offence and three months also to run concurrently for the pepper spray offence.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing at the same court on Monday, February 17 Tamkin was ordered to pay £2270.

Police, supported by anti-piracy investigators from BPI, the trade body for the British recorded music industry, had executed search warrants at two addresses in the town on November 15, 2011.

Tamkin was arrested at one of them, a flat over a shop in Bognor Regis High Street, and police also searched his home on suspicion of conspiracy to contravene copyright laws, and money laundering offences.

At the flat the police and investigators found more than 100 full computer hard drives, an estimated 150,000 CDs and DVDs, computers and 8 ‘multiple bay burning towers’ which comprise equipment to counterfeit music, films and software.

A large catalogue of 25,000 titles distributed to an extensive client base was also seized. All the material seized took a year to examine.

Detective Constable Nigel Tillings of the Sussex Police economic crime Unit said; “We worked closely with the BPI and were able to establish Tamkin’s full role in this case.

“We have now secured a court confiscation order against Tamkin under POCA to take back for society at least some of his criminal profits.

“Our expert financial investigators found that Tamkin had over time acquired more than £156,000 benefit but had spent most of it.”

David Wood, director of anti-piracy for the BPI said: “I would like to thank Sussex Police for co-ordinating efforts to disrupt this prolific production of counterfeit music, film and game repertoire.

“This case was significant in that it was one of the largest ‘domestic factories’ uncovered to date in the UK. It had the capability of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit product on a truly commercial scale.”