Car cloner ordered to pay £180k

A man who was jailed for his role in a car cloning conspiracy has been ordered to pay more than £180,000.

Padala Satti Reddy, of Town Street, Armley was jailed for three-and-a-half years, two years ago, over the £460,000 conspiracy alongside five other men.

However, the 28-year-old has now been told that if he does not repay the £181,368.80 within six months he could see an extra two and a half years in jail.

The confiscation hearing took place at Leeds Crown Court.

Some 17 vehicles were taken from addresses in West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Durham, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Cheshire between September 2006 and January 2008.

The gang created the impression that the cars had been imported by creating 0 identities for them.

David Charity, West Yorkshire Police financial investigation manager, said: "The Confiscation Orders handed out during this investigation should act as a warning that no matter how long criminals manage to evade the law for, the public can rest assured that we will always catch them out and use all powers available to stop them from leading luxurious lifestyles at the expense of the misery of innocent and hard-working citizens."

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