Tobacco smuggler from Walsall ordered to pay back profits or face more jail time
A SELF-EMPLOYED gardener who was jailed for smuggling tobacco has been ordered to pay back profits or face more jail time.
Gulam Shaikh, 57, of Essington Road in Willenhall, had already pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty after admitting evading more than £160,000 in duty and taxes by smuggling tobacco and cigarettes.
He smuggled more than 450,000 cigarettes and nearly 100kg of hand rolling tobacco and was sentenced to three years in prison back in December 2015 at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
And at a confiscation hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday (November 18) Shaikh was ordered to pay back £81,617.68 by May 18, 2017 or face a further 18 months in jail and still owe the money.