Criminal hit in the pocket to the tune of £300,000

A MAN described as “a well-known Bedford criminal” by police has been the subject of the county’s first-ever Financial Reporting Order (FRO), meaning he has to hand over at least £30,000 in cash and a minimum of £288,000 in property assets.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 19th July 2012, 5:18 pm

The order on Marvin Douglas means that he will have to continually report to police all of his income and outgoings in minute detail. This will include all monetary gifts, assets and savings, and he will have to reveal any expenditures over £100.

Douglas, 31, with a last address of Hidcote Drive, West Croft, Milton Keynes, was sent to prison in December 2010 after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, and also for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The FRO was made at Luton Crown Court on June 28 under section 76 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. It is one of very few in the UK, most of which are made in London and just a handful have been granted to provincial forces.

It will last at least five years, and will take him well beyond his current prison sentence. Failure to comply with the order could lead to him serving another year in prison.

marvin has previous convictions for violence, stealing, witness intimidation and serious driving offences.

A police investigation found that he had used his criminal proceeds to buy property in Dubai and the UK, and that he had money in foreign bank accounts.

The order is the latest in a long list of successes for the force’s Financial Investigation Unit, which has just revealed that during the financial year 2011/2012 it recovered its highest ever volume of assets from criminals – £2,700,000.