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Insurance thief told to pay back £440,000

A West Yorkshire man who stole money from an insurance company has been forced to hand back almost £441,000.

Keith Swift, 49, from Normanton was part of a gang of 14 people who stole £1.4m from Aviva in York.

A confiscation hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Monday said he must pay within six months or spend more time in jail.

At an earlier hearing three other men were also ordered to pay back a total of more than £41,000 from the crime.

Pay back profits

The four men were jailed in 2009 as a result of a police investigation that began in early 2008.

The court heard that Swift, who was jailed for nine years for his part in the conspiracy and other frauds, had hidden £437,953 which he was instructed to pay back along with £2,880 worth of assets.

On 20 April John Michael Taylor, Stephen Paul Spellacy and Peter Harrington were also ordered to pay back the profits of their crime.

Taylor, 37, from York, a former Aviva manager, had diverted monies from his employers on a number of occasions, including £1.1m in December 2007. Police made a confiscation order for £6,855.

Aviva had taken legal action against him in the High Court, recovering about £50,000 from his bank accounts and the equity in his home.

Spellacy, 39, from Pocklington, East Yorkshire, was a serving Humberside police officer at the time of the offences. Police made a confiscation order for £33,371

Harrington, 40, from Normanton, in West Yorkshire, was a JCB driver who accepted a fraudulent payment of £1.1m into his bank account and then distributed the money. Police made a confiscation order for £1,518.

Aviva had already taken legal action against him in the High Court recovering about £86,000 from his bank accounts, land, and a Range Rover Sport.

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