Leeds WEEE fraudster ordered to pay back £1.3m

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Terry Solomon Dugbo was given a record prison sentence and told to pay £1.3m

A Leeds man is currently serving a record seven years and six months in prison after defrauding the electrical waste recycling industry out of £2.2 million.

Terry Solomon Dugbo, 48, was told by Leeds Crown Court after a seven-week trial that he would also have to pay the £1.3m he had acquired from the illegal activity.

He was given three months to pay and faces a further eight years in prison on top of the sentence if he fails to do so.

Dugbo filled out paperwork claiming his Leeds-based firm TLC Recycling had collected and recycled more than 19,500 tonnes of household electrical waste during 2011.

The company had in reality never handled this amount of waste and was therefore not entitled to the fees Dugbo was paid from two waste recycling schemes.

He had also tried to reduce previous benefit totalling more than £96,000 for convictions for VAT fraud in 2014 at Leeds Crown Court and exporting hazardous waste to Nigeria in 2011 at Basildon Crown Court.

The court heard how Dugbo had misled both courts by claiming his assets had already been used for these courts orders, but this was not the case.

Dugbo had contested the proceedings since 2016.

Environment Agency officers, working closely with HMRC, uncovered Dugbo’s bank accounts in Nigeria, Senegal and Spain.

He was found to have led a lavish lifestyle with five-start holidays in Ibiza, mainland Europe, luxury vehicles and tailor-made suits.

Paul Salter, Environment Agency, said: “Dugbo was unable to provide any credible evidence to show what happened to the proceeds of his fraud. He has a history of dishonesty in court proceedings and non-disclosure of assets and bank accounts at home and abroad.

“[The £1.3m fee] is a significant confiscation order on top of the custodial sentence already handed out and sends out a clear message to others who flout the law that waste crime does not pay.”

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