Pri­vate reg con has £300k seized

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A BUSINESSMAN who conned mo­torists by sell­ing them per­son­alised num­ber plates which didn’t ex­ist – or be­longed to some­one else – has had £300,000 con­fis­cated.

Peter Swat­ton, who drove a Lam­borgh­ini with a per­son­alised plate worth £240,000, charged up to £7,000 a time for pri­vate plates he didn’t have the right to sell.

Swat­ton, 55, who was jailed for five years in April 2011, was found guilty of four counts of ob­tain­ing money by de­cep­tion and 20 of fraud af­ter a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

A hear­ing at Har­row Crown Court has now granted the con­fis­ca­tion from Swat­ton of which £54,000 will be paid in com­pen­sa­tion to 17 of his vic­tims.

The con­fis­ca­tion or­der is funded by the repossession of Swat­ton’s prop­erty in Fare­ham, Hants, which has been sold.

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