A convicted money launderer who took money from foreign nationals as part of a scam involving a fake college purporting to be Prior Park College has been ordered to pay £213,000.
38-year-old Sanketkumar Patel of Eden Hall Close, Leicester was ordered to pay the total in confiscation, compensation, and costs on 20th September 2021 at Bristol Crown Court by His Honour Judge Horton, following a prosecution by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards team.
Judge Horton decided that Patel had benefitted from the proceeds of crime in the amount of £150,000.
He ordered him to pay that amount to the court within three months or to face three and a half years imprisonment in default.
He ordered that £6,500 of that money would be paid to one of the victims.
The court heard that Patel had £226,000 in assets including his home, a house he owned as a landlord and £35,000 that was seized from his business premises.
Judge Horton described the…