Hatfield fraudster ordered to repay nearly £160,000 to victims

Tue 17th, Oct

A convicted fraudster from Hatfield has been ordered to repay almost £160,000 following a ruling under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

A convicted fraudster from Hatfield has been ordered to repay almost £160,000 following a ruling under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Darin Rogers, 29, of Great Braitch Lane, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in March 2017 for money laundering offences. He had tricked people into investing their personal savings into a company called Emergis Consultants Ltd. - but there was no such company and Rogers had been using the money to sustain his own personal lifestyle. In total he was found to have benefitted by £405,000 as a result of his crimes. When the fraud was uncovered, financial investigators from the Regional Economic Crime Unit in the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit(ERSOU) obtained an order to secure the assets from him while criminal proceedings were on-going. Following his conviction the financial investigators then instigated confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This resulted in assets totalling nearly £160,000 being recovered and seized. Yesterday (Monday) at a hearing at St Albans Crown Court he was ordered to repay his victims to the value of his assets. If he fails to repay the money within 28 days he will receive an additional 12 month prison sentence. Paul Fitzsimmons, ERSOU Financial Investigation Manager, said: “This result shows that crime really does not pay. We will use whatever legislation available to ensure that fraudsters such as Rogers do not profit from their deceitful, criminal actions. I hope this result brings some sort of closure and comfort to his victims.”