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NCA seizes £600,000 from mortgage fraudsters

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The National Crime Agency has seized property and assets worth £600,000 from a family group of mortgage and fine wine fraudsters.

The NCA says four members of the same family bought properties and profited from mortgage fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and fraudulent trading.

The law enforcement agency seized two flats and their freehold titles in Sidcup Hill, Kent, that it believes were bought with the proceeds of crime.

The properties belonged to John George Evans, 34, his wife Josephine Evans, 34, his brother Richard Lee Evans, 29, and their mother Joan Ann Evans, 58.

Officers also seized £288,341 from bank accounts belonging to John Evans, his wife and mother.

The money was what remained from the sale of a property in Bromley bought through mortgage fraud.

Another of the Evans’ frauds involved two wine investment companies, Fine Wine Vintners and Beaumont Vintners, which took customers’ money but rarely provided their wine.

John Evans ran Fine Wine Vintners but was disqualified in 2013 from being a director for 12 years.

He and his brother Richard received money from both wine companies.

The family agreed to settle with the NCA when contacted about the investigation.

NCA  Economic Crime Command deputy director Stephanie Jeavons says: “This is our latest success in targeting offenders who, despite not being criminally charged, often crumble under the NCA evidence against them.

“We have many more cases under investigation and many more organised crime groups will be handing over their ill-gotten gains which often represent other people’s misery.”

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