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Gary Robb ordered to pay £1.6m tax

Convicted fraudster Gary Robb who was forced to repay more than £1m to victims of a property scam has now been ordered to pay £1.6m in tax on his illicit earnings from drug dealing.

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Robb at AGA’s notorious Amaranta Valley project

FORMER night club boss Gary Robb, aged 54, was ordered to repay £1.3m last year after he defrauded 57 victims into buying Greek Cypriot owned properties in the occupied areas of Cyprus. Not a single house in the Amaranta Valley was completed by his firm AGA Developments.

In last year’s landmark civil recovery action the NCA used the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act to take the money from the scammer and have it returned to his victims.

Using tax powers under the act, the NCA has now successfully argued that Robb was liable for £1.6m made up of tax assessments, penalties, national insurance and unpaid interest on his income from drug dealing.

In 1997 Robb fled to Cyprus after allowing his nightclub, the Colosseum in Sunderland, to be used to supply cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

In 2009 he was forcibly removed to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested, convicted and in 2010 sentenced to five years imprisonment.

In 2011 he was extradited to Cyprus under a European Arrest Warrant where the Nicosia District Court convicted Robb on 11 charges relating to the appropriation of exploitation of Greek Cypriot owned property in the occupied areas and sentenced him to 10-months in jail.

Following last year’s ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice Donald Toon, director of the NCA’s Economic Crime Command, said the agency did everything it could to deprive crooks of assets won from criminality.

Today, he said: “The NCA is tenacious in using every legal avenue available to hit crooks where it hurts.

“In this case we have used our unique tax powers under part six of the Proceeds of Crime Act to pursue Robb for his profits.

“It might seem unusual that a drug dealer can be penalised for not paying tax and interest on his earnings but this is a powerful and important tool to reduce the funds which can otherwise be diverted into supporting further criminality.”

The NCA alleged that Robb received between £5,000 and £10,000 per week from the drugs trade at the Colosseum which was then spirited out to Cyprus.

Robb appealed against the NCA’s tax assessments and penalty determination but it was dismissed by a tribunal on the 16th September.

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  • Max says:

    So The State considers his earnings illicit but at the same time wants its “fair share” of his illicit earnings? LOL

  • Jil says:

    Oh, how about that? Cyprus can pull out all the stops when it comes to punishing a Brit. (Yes, of course he certainly deserves it!!)

    But still the Cypriot developers who have mortgages they’ve never repaid and taxes they wouldn’t dream of paying, are living in their castles and walking around free….. Well, they are Cypriots after all…..

  • steve r says:

    So 2.6 million pounds. How do they expect to get that back. He wont have a job or any assets. Why don’t they just send him to jail and have done with it.

  • Stuart says:

    Was there a clue in this guy’s surname??

  • Campbell Findlay says:

    Tongue in cheek remark “I wonder if Phelan and his crooked mate on Coronation Street got the idea from Robb for their property scam”

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