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Police confiscate financial assets of two convicted criminals

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Financial Investigation Officers at Northamptonshire Police have secured significant Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation orders following the conviction of defendants in two separate court cases.

Dean Darmanin, aged 41, has until April 27 to pay £55,000 following his conviction for dealing cannabis in December 2016.

Darmanin was arrested after officers executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at his home in Sherwood Avenue, Spring Park, Northampton, in October 2015, during which a quantity of cannabis was found, along with two mobile phones belonging to the defendant. 

The court was told a small-scale drugs factory was found within the garage which appeared to be used for the production of cannabis oil. 

Subsequent examination of the mobile phones indicated Darmanin had been dealing drugs for at least five years and he was charged and later convicted of possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of Class A drugs in relation to the cannabis oil. 

He was jailed for two years.

A confiscation order in January was made where he was found to have benefited from his drug dealing to a value of £55,000, a sum he has been ordered to pay back in full by the end of this month. 

Failure to do so will lead to a further two years imprisonment.

In a separate case, officers have successfully secured a POCA confiscation order against Peter Bell, in relation to financial irregularities arising from the activities of Enfield’s Lettings in Mercers Row, Northampton.

Bell, aged 37, formerly of Wootton, was managing director of the franchise lettings agency business which acted on behalf of numerous landlords who owned premises in Northampton.  

In August 2015, Northamptonshire Police began investigating financial irregularities involving identified shortfalls in money owed to landlords at which point Enfield’s Head Office closed the branch down.

Bell was arrested and admitted taking client money in order to keep the business afloat and using cash to pay business expenses. 

He was charged with nine counts of theft and nine counts of fraud in December 2016 and then jailed for 26 months after pleading guilty to the offences at Northampton Crown Court last May. The judge also disqualified him as a company director for five years. 

In January this year, a confiscation order was made where he was ordered to pay £22,096.12 in compensation to the victims of his crime. Unless he does so by May 14, he faces a further 12 months imprisonment. 

DS Richard Barnett from Northamptonshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said “We are pleased to be able to compensate some of the loss sustained by the victims of Mr Bell’s crime. The Financial investigation Unit works hard to ensure that crime doesn’t pay and even if you have gone to prison to serve time, we will still come after those assets which have been gained through illegal and criminal activity.”

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