Car-ringing gang leader fined

The ringleader of a multimillion-pound car-ringing gang, which stole dozens of luxury vehicles across London, has been ordered to pay back £100,000.

London's Southwark Crown Court heard how Imran Ganchi, 30, from Ilford, Essex, and his gang, regularly toured the capital with a shopping list of top-of-the-range models.

Once targets had been identified keys would either be stolen during burglaries, or 0 documents and names used to obtain copies from overseas dealers.

The cars, worth up to £350,000 each, were then driven away, given new identities by a "master forger", and exported in a scam reminiscent of Nicolas Cage's Hollywood hit film Gone In 60 Seconds.

The gang stole socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's £50,000 BMW 645 CL convertible during its slick three-and-a-half year spree.

Judge Peter Testar ruled Ganchi "benefited" by £1.22m. However, his realisable assets, the amount available for confiscation, were £100,000.

Ganchi was warned if the money was not paid within six months another two years would be added to the six-year sentence he is already serving.

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