Environment Agency Secures Largest Proceeds of Crime Act Ruling

The owner of an illegal waste company in Slough, Mr Johal, pleaded guilty to five charges of causing controlled wasted to be kept contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Bracknell Magistrates’ Court on 23 April 2010. Mr Johal operated an illegal waste transfer station and scrap metal yard which detrimentally affected local residents. He was given a two year community sentence on 4 August 2011 at Reading Crown Court for these offences. Mr Johal was also ordered to pay £881,513 on 7 July 2011 at Reading Crown Court, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”), representing the profit gained from the illegal waste company.  If he does not comply with the confiscation order and pay the required sum within six months, he will serve five years in prison.  This is the largest confiscation order the EA has obtained under POCA and highlights the severity of penalties imposed for illegal waste activities.

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