Last summer, West London builder, Dilbagh Singh Dhillon was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after HM Revenue and Customs investigators found 46,318 litres of illegal booze stashed at an industrial unit in Hounslow.
The West London builder was jailed for evading duty on smuggled alcohol and has now been ordered to repay more than £50,000 – or face a further eight months behind bars.
Dilbagh Singh Dhillon’s total contraband haul was worth £62,347 in lost duty.
On Friday (February 22), 40-year-old Dhillon was ordered to repay the majority of the duty he evaded – £53,937 – within three months.
He now faces selling his 50 per cent share of his Hayes home.
Dhillon pleaded guilty to duty evasion at Southwark Crown Court and was sentenced on August 6 last year.
He was handed the confiscation order last week.
Simon Kiefer, Assistant Director of the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, said: “Dhillon’s crimes put him behind bars and now he has to pay up or spend even more time in prison, and still have to pay the money back.
“Our actions don’t stop once someone is convicted, we will look to reclaim the stolen money, cash that should be funding vital public services in the UK.
Fraudster Dhillon stored the huge quantity of alcohol in an industrial unit owned by Sartaj Singh Gill, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, reports My West London.
Investigators found a diary with detailed recordings of alcohol orders and cash payments.
Under questioning, Dhillon admitted owning the diary, but said that someone else had made the entries in the book.
However, handwriting analysis later proved it was his writing.
Gill lied to officers and tried to cover for Dhillon by saying another individual was the tenant of the unit where the booze was stored.
Investigators unravelled his story and Gill eventually admitted to providing a false witness statement.
Dhillon, of Hayes End Drive, admitted evasion of excise duty under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 and was sentenced to 28 months.
Gill, of Marlow Road, admitted perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 13 months, suspended for 12 months.