Bury St Edmunds man must pay £47,000 for evading thousands of pounds in excise duty

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A 74-year-old man convicted of evading thousands of pounds in excise duty has been ordered by a judge to hand over £47,000.

William Walker, of Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, was found guilty last February of dealing with goods with fraudulent intent between October 2010 and October 2011.

He denied prosecution allegations that he had established a regular sales round to Bury pubs and clubs for alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco on which no UK duty was paid.

Police found 2,000 cigarettes, 40 pouches of tobacco and 120 bottles of beer in his van and £60,000 in cash at his home. More items were found in his Jaguar car.

Judge David Goodin ordered him to pay £47,000 within the next 28 days at a confiscation hearing last Thursday.