FOUR fraudsters from Pendle have been jailed after failing to repay the profits alleged to have been amassed during their scams.
Three members of the same family have been jailed for more than four years after prosecutors chased the proceeds of their £100,000 insurance con.
Brothers Nadeem, 32, and Amer Dad, 29, masterminded a fraud where false claims were lodged for storm damage, vehicle damage and lost pedigree dogs.
The pair were jailed for 15 months each and their father Munsif Dad, who was also convicted, received a suspended prison sentence.
But the trio were also ordered to repay nearly £280,000 between them under the Proceeds of Crime Act after an investigation by Lancashire Police.
Neither Nadeem nor Amer Dad repaid anything, though Munsif Dad did find £53,758 towards his ill-gotten gains, Liverpool magistrates heard.
Nadeem and Amer Dad, of The Firs, Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, were each jailed for 548 days and Munsif Dad, 64, also of The Firs, for 528 days. Similar action was also taken against Mohammed Khatana, 52, of Hawkswood Gardens, Brierfield, who was involved in a separate fraud.
He was said to have profited to the tune of £1.3million after engineering a legal aid scam with his daughter, where he actually claimed to be able to help people with proceeds of crime matters, despite having no legal background.
In April 2012 he was jailed for eight-and-a-half years after admitting a series of fraud offences. And after another hearing in Liverpool, which heard Khatana had repaid nothing, he was ordered to complete a six-year prison sentence.
John Dilworth, acting deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “The fact that the four men have received additional jail sentences sends out a clear message to those who think they can commit large scale fraud and then keep their ill-gotten gains. They will not get away with it.”
Police and the CPS will continue to purse the outstanding cash, officials have pledged.