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Fraudster jailed for hiding sports car

Fraudster jailed for hiding sports car Image

A businessman has been handed a 12-month jail term for squirrelling away his luxury Jaguar sports car in a bid to keep it out of the hands of bailiffs.

Alan Dykes, 55, of Poole, Dorset, was sentenced for perjury and perverting the course of justice by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Dykes hid the pristine 1952 silver Jaguar sports car behind a false wall at a storage facility near Wimborne in Dorset, the court heard.

After being convicted of obtaining a money transfer by deception in 2011, prosecutors conducted a series of confiscation proceedings aimed at recouping the illegally-acquired money.

However, Dykes made no mention of the sports car and said he had "no reasonable assets" during earlier hearings.

Investigators discovered the luxury vehicle, complete with red leather interiors, hidden at a storage facility during a search of properties Dykes was known to use.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "Originally, Dykes was convicted in 2011 of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

"A confiscation investigation followed, during which he declared that he had no realisable assets.

"The car was seized and Alan Dykes was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice."

Car Warranty  25/03/2013 17:00:01



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