Skip boss to repay £14,000

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A SKIP hire boss has been ordered to pay back £14,000 made after illegally dumping and burning waste.

John Gary Friedlander, from County Durham, pleaded guilty to two offences part way through his trial at Newcastle Crown Court in August 2010.

However, the 44-year-old was back at the crown court this week and told to pay back money acquired through his illegal activity.

He has six months to comply with the confiscation order, or face nine months in prison.

Lee Fish, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Friedlander ran two illegal waste sites in County Durham and ignored repeated warnings to stop.

The court heard he was director of AAA Skip and Plant Hire Limited and operated from his home at Whitwell South Farm, Bowburn and on land leased at Mainsforth Terrace, Ferryhill. Neither was licensed as a waste facility.

The court heard that Friedlander’s offending would have given him a financial advantage over competitors.

It was ruled that he benefited from his criminal activity by £175,000.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Friedlander was ordered to pay back £14,000 because the only assets he had left was the equity in his own home.