A fake car dealer from Sheerness has had his Porsche seized after he helped scam unsuspecting victims for over £1.3 million pounds.
Back in 2020, the 32 year old man was found guilty of helping sell cars online which did not actually exist.
He was given a 16 month suspended prison sentence and was forced to give up all identifiable assets which turned out to be a paltry £5,924 of the £1.3 million.
Months later the police caught the man driving a Porsche he had been ordered to scrap by the court, after it was made clear he could not afford essential repairs needed to make the vehicle safe.
The vehicle will now be sold at an auction after the police seized the car on the basis the man still owed over £1 million and had been subject to proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector David Godfrey of the Financial Investigation Unit said: “This particular offender was naïve enough to think his sports car would not attract the attention of local officers who knew who he was, what crimes he had committed and how much money he made through his criminal activity.
“I hope this case sends a clear message that Kent Police officers are relentless in their pursuit of illegally-earned assets, ensuring crime does not pay.”
Feature image: Courtesy of Kent Police