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Crime couple lose luxury Bromley home as they're ordered to repay £490,000

PUBLISHED: 13:04 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:05 14 June 2016

Matthew Harrod

Matthew Harrod

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Matthew Harrod was sentenced in 2014

Fiona KellyFiona Kelly

A husband and wife from Bromley have lost their family home and must pay back the £490,000 they earned through drug dealing, money laundering and benefit fraud.

Matthew Harrod, 43, was sentenced to ten years in prison in February 2014 after pleading guilty to being involved in the supply of drugs.

Wife Fiona Kelly, 48, pleaded guilty to benefit fraud totalling £60,000 and money laundering. She was given an 18 month suspended sentence.

Since sentencing, National Crime Agency Officers investigated the couple’s finances to find out the profits the pair had made.

Last week a judge at Kingston Crown Court made confiscation orders for £490,667 against the couple.

The order will see the couple lose their luxury home in Hayes Lane, Bromley, as well as £107,000 taken from bank accounts, a car and £3,500 cash which was seized from the flat where Matthew Harrod was arrested.

Branch commander at the NCA 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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