Fraudster ordered to pay £36k

A CONVICTED fraudster has been ordered to pay back £36,400 criminal cash or face a 14-month prison sentence.

Mohammed Asif Taj, of Lister Lane, Halifax, was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term last November.

The 34-year-old was back in court yesterday for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

Bradford Crown Court heard he had made false representations to obtain finance agreements on two Seat Leon vehicles worth nearly £40,000.

He also illegally acquired a mortgage for a house in Charlesworth Terrace, Halifax, the court was told.

His barrister Rupert Doswell said Taj would have to sell the property to pay the confiscation order.

Police seized £1,400 from Taj on his arrest, but the rest of his assets are made up of the £35,000 equity in the house.

Taj will have six months to pay the total confiscation order or face a jail term of up to 14 months.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC warned him even if he served the 14 months he would still owe the money when he was released.