Jailed accountant ordered to pay back £130k of stolen money

JAILED ACCOUNTANT Darren John Upton must repay more than £130,000 of stolen client money or face more years in prison.

The accountant, who stole money from clients and the taxman to fund a lavish lifestyle and a secret mistress, has been served with a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Wakefield Express reports.

Upton, of Woodlesford, near Leeds, is serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted of stealing from clients of his firm, Upton & Co, who believed they were paying corporation tax to HMRC. He instead paid the cash into his own account.

A confiscation hearing at Leeds Crown Court last week determined the value of Upton’s crime at £496,802. He now has six months to pay the available sum of £132,416 or face a further two years in prison.

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