A FRAUDSTER who admitted possessing one of the largest ever hauls of hi-tech equipment used to copy DVDs, CDs, and video games has been ordered to pay back £2,200.
Keith Tamkin, 52, of Broomcroft Road, Bognor, is serving an 18-month jail term for distributing articles infringing copyright, money laundering £140,000, transferring criminal property – a computer – and possessing prohibited weapons – a pepper spray and a stun gun.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing at Chichester Crown Court on Monday Tamkin was ordered to pay just £2,270.
Police, supported by anti-piracy investigators from BPI, the trade body for the British recorded music industry, had executed search warrants at two addresses in Bognor in 2011.
Tamkin was arrested at one of them, a flat over a shop in Bognor High Street, and police also searched his home.
At the flat the police and investigators found more than 100 full computer hard drives, an estimated 150,000 CDs and DVDs, computers and eight multiple bay burning towers – equipment to produce counterfeit music, films and software.
A large catalogue of 25,000 titles distributed to an extensive client base was also seized. The material took a year to examine.