Criminal couple lose assets following investigation

A husband and wife from Bromley have lost their family home after being ordered to pay almost half a million pounds earned from their criminality.

 Matthew Harrod (aged 43) was sentenced to ten years in prison in February 2014 after a National Crime Agency investigation into his drug dealing. His wife Fiona Kelly (aged 48) was convicted of money laundering and benefit fraud. She received a suspended 18 month sentence.

NCA officers carried out a financial investigation to identify the profits the couple amassed, and obtained restraint orders for a number of assets in their names, including bank accounts and the couple’s luxury home in Hayes Lane, Bromley.

A judge at Kingston Crown Court has now made Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation orders for £490,667 against the couple.

The orders include £362,000 left over from the sale of their former home, once the outstanding mortgage had been paid off, as well as £107,000 from bank accounts, a car and £3,500 cash which was seized from the flat where Matthew Harrod was arrested.

NCA branch commander Oliver Higgins said: “Harrod and his wife made hundreds of thousands of pounds from their criminality and were able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle as a result.

“The NCA will use all its powers to pursue not just the criminals themselves but the money they make from their offending.”

Following his conviction Harrod was also made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) which will put limits on his use of phones and internet devices for five years after he is released from prison. He will also have to hand over phone numbers, internet usernames and passwords to the NCA. Should he fail to comply he faces an additional five years in jail.

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