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Aviva Fraud Confiscation Proceedings

Defence counsel, Nigel Edwards represents Keith Swift in confiscation proceedings surrounding the fraud of the York based Insurance Company, Aviva.

Coverage from the York Press: 

AN ex-policeman jailed for a £1.1 million pound plus fraud on a York insurance company has told a judge he did not get a penny out of it.

Disgraced Pocklington PC Stephen Spellacy alleged he now has no assets left to his name and that shortly before his arrest, he was so short of money, he needed a £5,000 loan from a friend.

Both he and fellow fraudster John Michael Taylor, 37, who worked at Aviva, then known as Norwich Union, claimed they  did not have detailed arrangements as to how they were to receive their share of the money after Taylor diverted it from the company's accounts and sent it to be laundered.

“It seems quite sophisticated, but it was quite slapdash,” Spellacy said at Leeds Crown Court.

But co-conspirator and professional money launderer Keith Swift claimed he handed over £409,000 of the money in cash to two men linked to Spellacy and believed it had gone to Spellacy and Taylor.

Taylor also denies receiving any money from the fraud and, like Spellacy, has accused Swift of holding out on them.

“Is there no honour among thieves left?” barrister Nigel Edwards asked his client, Swift.

“No,”" replied Swift.

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Coverage from the Yorkshire Post:

Recorder Mark Bury, who is expected to give judgment in the case next week, has heard that almost £700,000 remains unaccounted for.

Swift, who has been described in court as a “career criminal”, was asked to give details of his lifestyle prior to his arrest.

He told the hearing he lived in an exclusive area of Leeds city centre, near the Royal Armouries museum.

“I was very comfortable,” he said. “I always had nice cars around me.”

Asked who his next-door neighbour was, he replied: “Chris Moyles. And one of the Leeds Rhinos rugby players lived on the other side.”

Swift told the court he had a heart condition but started taking cocaine in October 2008 because he was stressed.

He said he took the drug for six to nine months and would typically spend between £500 and £1,000 a week on the habit.

Swift said he later became “so short of money” he asked for his 11-year-old daughter’s bank account number and sort code so he could borrow her savings.

He said he could not pay maintenance for his daughter and had wanted to challenge his sentence at the Court of Appeal but could not afford the legal fees.

The court heard that Swift lived in Northern Ireland between 1995 and 2003.

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