Barnaby Hone successful in large scale confiscation matter

29 September 2017

Barnaby Hone recently concluded a confiscation matter where the Judge ordered the defendants to pay back nearly £400,000. The original criminal case was prosecuted last year by Drystone's Gregory Perrins (now HHJ Perrins) before being handed to POCA and confiscation law specialist Barnaby Hone to deal with confiscation proceedings.

The criminal case concerned two brothers, Stanislovas Dambrauskas and Andrius Dambrauskas. The men had lured worked from eastern Europe with the promise of well paid agricultural work. They supplied up to one hundred workers at a time to other labour agencies and collected rent from the workers for overcrowded accommodation they illegally sublet in Wisbech, often placing nine workers in three-bedroomed houses. Their workers were recruited via agents in Lithuania who charged fees for work, which is illegal in the UK. Those signing up were warned not to tell anyone what they were doing or they would be fined. When they arrived in London, they were collected and taken by minibus to Wisbech where they were placed in cramped houses and charged £60 a week to share a room. See our original news item with links to national press here.

In addition to the POCA order of £374,586, one of the brothers will be deported, but initially they will both be given two months to pay off sums of more than £6000 each or face imprisonment. DC Vanessa Dodds said: “This POCA hearing demonstrates that crime doesn’t pay. The brothers were brought before the courts last year thanks to a large-scale investigation which spanned two years. We remain committed to tackling unlicensed gangmasters and protecting vulnerable people.”

For press reports see below:

1. Guardian

2. Peterborough Times