A football agent has been ordered to hand over £126,519 he obtained from a player transfer to pay back for past crimes.
Anthony Michael Anderson was jailed for 18 months in October 2006 after being convicted of two counts of deception, one count of converting criminal property and six counts of possessing criminal property – all relating to a mortgage fraud.
The now 40-year-old was ordered to pay back the benefit he received from his criminality when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court in July 2007, but was only able to hand over £18,000 at the time.
In 2017 new information came to light, thanks to work by the East Midlands Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN), that Anderson had worked as a Football Association Registered Intermediary, and had acted as the agent for a multi-million pound football player transfer.
Nottinghamshire Police subsequently made an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act, to recover the money relating to his fee from the transfer, which was granted yesterday (Thursday 18 July 2019).
Detective Inspector Yvonne Dales, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Fraud and Financial Team, said: “Once Anderson has paid back this significant amount money that he obtained from his criminal past his confiscation order from 2007 will be satisfied. Should he fail to make the payment within the time ordered by the court he faces a further term of imprisonment.
“The money recouped will be used by the force to further invest in resources and tactics that will target those who benefit from the proceeds of crime, not only seeking their prosecution but also taking their ill-gotten gains, something which often hurts the most.
“This case should also demonstrate that Nottinghamshire Police, with support from partners such as GAIN, will do all it can to ensure crime does not pay.
“The Fraud and Financial Team works extremely hard to tackle those who trick and deceive to gain financially from either vulnerable victims or businesses and, as Anderson has found out, we are very effective in getting results.”
If you or someone you know might have been targeted by fraud, please contact us on 101 or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. In an emergency always call 999.