Denholme man ordered to pay back £173k

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A convicted criminal has been ordered to pay back a six-figure sum.

David Alan Romani, of Dean Brow Farm, Denholme, was ordered to pay £173,213 during a confiscation hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

He must provide the money in the next six months or faces another two-and-a-half years in prison.

Romani is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for his part in a criminal drugs operation which saw him convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (heroin and cocaine).

Financial Investigation Manager, David Charity of the Economic Crime Unit said: “The assets which the judge ordered Romani to pay include the equity of his home, a personalised number plate and an Audi A4.

“Taking away a criminals ill gotten gains sends a clear message that crime does not pay and demonstrates to the public that procedures are in place to prevent criminals benefiting as a result of their criminal activity.

“This is another result which again shows that West Yorkshire Police are committed to dealing with serious criminality in order to make communities safer.

“Asset recovery investigations like this can sometimes have an even greater impact than a prison sentence.

“We would therefore encourage anyone who thinks they may know someone living beyond their means to contact us through the ‘Why Should They’ campaign anonymously on 0800 555 111.”