UK man convicted of handling stolen Vertu phones has to repay £1 million

Narinder Sandhu, a man from Southall, London, convicted of handling 65 stolen Nokia Vertu phones back in 2007, has to repay £999,713.21 ($1,6 million) to the British Government, as he failed to prove he obtained said amount of money legally.

The 65 Vertu luxury phones, stolen during an armed robbery in 2005, have been recovered, and Sandhu was sent to jail for 22 months.

The UK’s National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) further investigated Sandhu’s case and, after finding the stolen Vertus at the house of a friend of his, it also located the £1 million in an off-shore bank account.


Since the man couldn’t (or didn’t want to) justify the source of the money, the Isleworth Crown Court ordered him to repay all £999,713.21 to the Government.

The NMPCU says that this is the highest value confiscated in its five-year history.

Via Mobile News CWP

Author: Ilinca Nita

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