Notorious Wolverhampton gangster Carl Johnson has been sent back to prison after failing to repay the tens of thousands of pounds that he made from his life of crime.
It was determined in April 2014 that the 53-year-old had benefited from criminality to the tune of £1,536,067 and he was ordered to pay back £118,925.
Despite the figure being cut in December 2015 to £71,550, Johnson has only repaid £30,029 to date, which means £44,305.36, plus interest, is still outstanding.
At a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (28 January) he was given an ultimatum of either stumping up the outstanding cash, or going back to jail.
Johnson could not pay, so was handed a sentence of 452 days and taken straight to prison.
Carl and his brother Tony, 54, were each originally jailed for two years nine months in 2012 for money laundering following a joint investigation between West Midlands Police and HM Revenue & Customs.
Both were ordered to pay back hundreds of thousands of pounds and warned that they faced prison sentences of up to two years if they didn’t pay up within the next six months.
While Tony has complied with the order, Carl failed to provide the cash required.
Most of the money that has already been paid back by Carl was done so when detectives from the Regional Asset Recovery Team auctioned off dozens of items of sports memorabilia that he owned.
Police were given authority to sell the items by a judge at a court hearing in Birmingham under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The Johnsons provided protection for Solihull tax crook Thomas ‘Tommy’ Scragg who is currently serving a 17-year jail term for three separate fraud convictions.
Using their reputation as local thugs, Carl and Tony looked after Scragg as he defrauded the public purse out of £34 million, through his Wednesfield based company Moya Payroll.
The brothers lived extravagant lifestyles using money they received from Scragg in return for their protection services. In total he paid the brothers, who have a string of convictions for violence and witness intimidation, around £2.4m.
The Proceeds of Crime Act allows police officers to seize assets of convicted criminals depriving them of their ill-gotten gains. These are sold and the cash is ploughed back into local crime fighting initiatives.
Detective Sergeant Derek Tinsley, from the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), has been overseeing the confiscation proceedings for a number of years.
He said: “Carl Johnson might be happy to simply forget about how much money he owes the tax payer and try to pretend the order isn’t hanging over him - but we and the Crown Prosecution Service are not prepared to let this go.
“It’s our aim to recoup as much of the stolen money as possible and that’s exactly what Proceeds of Crime legislation allows us to do.
“Confiscation and forfeiture orders strike right at the heart of the principal motivation for organised crime - money. Carl is paying for his crimes once again with yet more jail time for failing to comply with the order and repay these funds. We will never rest on our laurels as we continue to seek new opportunities to remove assets from offenders."