A news release from Lincolnshire Police on 7th October advised that Imtiaz Khoda, who was convicted of money laundering in 2016, has had 9 years 8 months added to his sentence for failing to meet his proceeds of crime obligations. He was sentenced in June 2017 to 4½ years imprisonment and disqualified from acting as a company director for 6 years. A confiscation order was made for £8,761,222.68 in April and he was given 3 months to pay the available amount of £4,024,809.38 or face a term of 10 years imprisonment if he defaulted. However, only £212,217 had been paid towards the order; the court found a wilful refusal by Khoda to engage in the process. The original conviction arose from Operation Tarlac, which had revealed that a criminal group had defrauded £12 million from various public bodies including a number of NHS bodies, councils and housing associations around the UK. The Guernsey government was also targeted, losing £2.6 million. The fraudsters employed forged letters, emails and faxes to masquerade as a legitimate firm and divert payments to themselves.
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