Blunder as Home Office deports eBay perfume scam criminal who made thousands before cash clawed back

Cosmetics found in Joanna Lazarska's St Ronan's Road home in Southsea
Cosmetics found in Joanna Lazarska's St Ronan's Road home in Southsea
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A WOMAN who is thought to have made hundreds of thousands of pounds in an eBay scam has been mistakenly deported before the cash could be clawed back.

Joanna Lazarska was due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday for a judge to rule how much she made from selling stolen luxury perfumes online.

Dariusz Suski

Dariusz Suski

Hampshire police believe she made more than £400,000 selling Estée Lauder cosmetics through eBay with her husband Dariusz Suski.

Yesterday it was ruled he made more than £500,000.

But it was also revealed 34-year-old Lazarska, who was jailed for two years last January, was deported before her case came back to court.

Now prosecutors have to discover where she is in Poland, find out if she wants to say anything about the case and arrange for her to appear on videolink, possibly at the British Embassy in Warsaw.

[The state has] allowed a compulsory deportation to take place and the state now have to take responsibilty for that

Louisa Bagley

The court heard the CPS would have to pay for Lazarska, formerly of St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, to travel 260 miles to Warsaw from her last known address in Gdansk.

Lazarska’s defence barrister, Louisa Bagley, said: ‘The state has allowed a compulsory deportation to take place and the state now has to take responsibilty for that.’

Ms Bagley argued the case should end yesterday and also argued that Lazarska’s accounts, currently frozen by police, should be released.

But judge Sarah Munro QC said it ‘couldn’t be right’ that if she came back to this country she could access ‘ill-gotten gains’ from her crime.

The judge adjourned the case until next month as police and prosecutors try to track down Lazarska.

During the hearing yesterday Suski, 33, appeared via videolink from HMP Moorelands and agreed he benefitted £514,428.19.

The judge ordered £36,681 to be confiscated from Suksi, who was jailed for four years, as this was all the cash he had in his bank and Paypal accounts.

Suski and Lazarska’s home was described as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ when raided by police in April 2013.

Officers found 11,000 items of cosmetics including Clarins and Estée Lauder.

Suski and Lazarska were found guilty of conspiring to handle stolen goods and of conspiring to transfer criminal property between November 2011 and April 2013.

Another man, Richard Powell, 46, of Bradford, will have his proceeds case heard in May.

A Home Office spokeswoman said she could not comment on individual or ongoing cases.