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Fraudster Brian Smith told to pay back £65,000
A WORKER who made £106,000 by selling scrap metal belonging to a North Yorkshire power station has been ordered to repay almost £65,000.
Brian Paul Smith, 53, of Drax, pleaded guilty before magistrates last year to selling metal belonging to Drax Power Station for his personal benefit.
He was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.
This week, he appeared before York Crown Court for a Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA), hearing, where the court heard he had benefitted from the crime by a total of £106,000.
At the hearing on Tuesday, Judge Stephen Ashurst was told Smith had available assets of £64,799.13, which included £709 in a bank account, and the estimated price of his property.
Mr Ashurst ruled the funds from the bank account should be repaid immediately, and the remaining funds must be paid within six months.
He said: “The balance will come from sale of the property.
“I hope this order will draw a line under the unhappy past in your life.”
The court previously heard Smith, who worked as a facilities support manager for Drax Power Station, weighed scrap and arranged invoices with an external company for the metal. But between June 2010 and August 2011, he went directly to the company and asked for “cash in hand” payments, using the money to pay off £12,000 of credit cards and other debts, and to fund his day-to-day life.
Drax Power Ltd was unavailable for comment.