A former garage owner who used his expertise and premises to strip down high value stolen cars and benefited from his criminal conduct to the sum of £323,472 has been ordered to pay back just £1 or face further time in jail.
Mukhtar Kazmi, 27, was jailed in May for six years after admitting handling stolen high performance vehicles after being linked to various stolen cars including BMW’s and Mercedes. He also admitted being involved in a professional break-in at a motorbike dealership.
While he was still on bail for the first charge he was involved in a ‘professional’ raid on a motorcycles dealership in Dewsbury, in which the gang stole machines worth almost £180,000.
The court heard that the gang tampered with the firms security systems and removed the CCTV hard drive but Kazmi was still spotted leaving the dealership carrying motorcycle helmets and other property.
He was jailed for six-and-a-half years in May for his part in the crimes but during a Proceeds of Crime hearing held today, the court heard how he benefited by his criminal conduct for the sum of £323,472 and he was ordered to pay back a whopping £1.
The court heard how an investigation into the defendant’s financial affairs had revealed that he had no assets.
Judge Bartfield was told that Kazmi’s benefit from criminal conduct had been assessed at £323,472.
However, Judge Bartfield said the inquiry under the Proceeds of Crime Act had revealed that Kazmi’s available assets were effectively “non-existent” and he could only make a nominally confiscation order of £1 at this stage.
If in the future he is found to have assets he can still be ordered to pay back more money.