Family of £1.4m gold fraud convicted

A family of jewellers jailed last year for a £1.4m gold fraud have been ordered to pay back more than £945,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Brian Maltman, aged 55, his wife Kim Maltman, aged 56 and their son Daniel Maltman, aged 23 and all of Havering Road, Romford, Essex, were found guilty by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 3 August 2017.

The trio each faced a charge of money laundering and a charge of conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

They were sentenced on Friday 4 August 2017 where Brian Maltman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on both charges. Kim Maltman was found guilty of money laundering and was sentenced to four years in jail.

Their son, Daniel Maltman, was found guilty on both charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. Upon sentencing the judge described their crimes as professional and said the family had been a magnet for criminality.

The charges were brought following two burglaries on Tuesday 24 May 2016 in Main Road, Longfield and Rosedale Close in Dartford where jewellery was stolen.

Following an investigation by Kent Police the vehicle used by the burglars was identified as a Mini Cooper being used on a false registration plate. At 5pm on the same day the car was involved in an accident in Havering Road, Romford, Essex, where the driver opened his door which collided with another car. The Mini left the scene of the collision and was abandoned by the suspects on a nearby estate.

A witness saw the suspects cleaning down the car and then being picked up by a second vehicle, which was registered to the Maltman family. When it was recovered the true identity of the Mini showed that it had been stolen from a burglary in Brentwood, Essex on Monday 16 April 2016.

Further investigation by Kent Police led officers to execute a search warrant at the Maltman’s address and during the search jewellery from the Dartford burglaries was recovered. Officers also discovered further stolen jewellery after searching their business premise in London, some of which was linked to burglaries in other counties.

Paperwork found at the scene indicated that the Maltman’s had been doing business with a smelting company and were being paid large sums of money on a regular basis, the majority of which was paid in cash. The Maltman’s were subsequently arrested and bailed on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering offences.

Brian Maltman was arrested again on Thursday 5 January 2017 after police found him in possession of gold with a commercial value of over £60,000. Some of that gold was later identified as having come from burglaries in Essex and London.

Following the sentencing of the family officers from Kent Police’s serious economic crime unit investigated their lifestyle and background and established that Brian and Kim Maltman had both benefited from the criminal conduct by £3,095,382.67 and Daniel Maltman by £2,857,882.67.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, held at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 19 January 2018, Brian Maltman was ordered to pay back available assets of £435,204.77 which included a house, cash held in bank accounts and cash seized by police on two occasions.

At the same hearing Kim Maltman was ordered to pay back assets of £509,819.15 which included a house and cash held in bank accounts. A nominal order of £1 was made for Daniel Maltman as there were no assets available.

If any of the family fail to comply with the order they will have to serve an additional prison sentence and still have to pay back the money after this.

Joint working

Detective Inspector Annie Clayton of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: `It is wrong that someone should be able to profit from committing crime and we will continue to use legislation to pursue offenders and seize any cash or assets that we can prove they have obtained through criminal behaviour.

‘The Maltman family were sentenced last year but this is an excellent example of how we continue to investigate crimes to ensure that those who have profited from crimes do not get away with this.’

Detective Sergeant David Wilkinson from Essex Police’s Criminal Investigation Department said: ‘This was a complex investigation by officers in Kent and Essex, and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that crime does not pay.

‘The Maltmans were living a luxurious lifestyle off the back of ill-gotten gains. “That lifestyle abruptly came to an end, which is a just outcome.

“We are also pleased that word of this result will undoubtedly have circulated among those who may be considering committing similar offences, and will act as a deterrent in the strongest terms.’

 

 

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