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Manager who stole seven vehicles from Clarkson Evans fined £4,000 (despite benefiting to tune of 68k)

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Written by: Tom Stanley | Posted 05 January 2018 7:46

Manager who stole seven vehicles from Clarkson Evans fined £4,000 (despite benefiting to tune of 68k)

A former fleet manager jailed for two years for stealing seven cars from his employers was ordered to forfeit £4,384 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Gloucester Crown Court was told that although Vincent Hawkins, 31, had benefited from crime by £68,000 his only realisable assets are a laptop computer and some money in the bank.

Judge Michael Cullum formally certified the benefit and assets figures and ordered that Hawkins must pay £2,719 of his assets to his former employers, Clarkson Evans, and £1,655 to another victim of his crimes, Jake Templeton.

The money must be handed over within three months or Hawkins will have to serve another three months in jail, ordered the judge.

Hawkins (pictured below), of Kennett Gardens, Abbeymead, Gloucester, was jailed in September 2016, for stealing the vehicles from Clarkson Evans, of Staverton.

The court heard he committed the offences after he 'overstretched' himself with the cost of the marriage and other expenses

He admitted theft of seven of the company's vehicles between December 2013 and October 2015. He also admitted fraud against the company between October 2013 and July 2015 by abusing his position of trust to sell other vehicles and pocket part of the proceeds.

The court heard he was trusted completely by his bosses to handle the purchase of new vehicles for the firm and the sale of used ones,

This led to him stealing and selling seven vehicles, mainly to Mr Templeton, a specialist dealer at CompanyVehicleBuyer.com.

He sold several other vehicles legitimately but kept part of the proceeds, in one case selling a vehicle for £3,000 but claiming to his bosses that it raised only £300.

He pocketed the difference.

Mr Templeton was a loser in the case because he had unwittingly bought stolen vehicles and had to negotiate with Clarkson Evans on the amount he would have to repay them, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement Mr Templeton said it had caused him not just financial loss but 'distress, heartache, worry and sleep deprivation.'

The situation had impacted on the reputation and goodwill of his firm, he stated.

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