A man convicted of stealing 65 Nokia Vertu mobile phones has been ordered to pay almost £1 million back to the UK government.
It was way back in 2005 that Narinder Sandhu, based in Southall, London was involved in the armed robbery of the 65 luxury phones. He was actually convicted of the crime itself in 2007, after one of the stolen phones appeared on eBay.
The delay in the monetary verdict was the result of the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) only recently locating the cash in an off-shore bank account. The sum is the highest value confiscation that the unit has ever seized.
NMPCU head Detective Superintendent Michael McNally said to the Mobile News website that, "Our partnership approach with the Home Office and mobile phone industry has enabled us to ensure long-term reductions in mobile phone crime against a background of increased mobile phone ownership."
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