Fraudster told to return money to victims

Fraudster told to return money to victims

Published at 5:54pm 5th June 2015. (Updated at 6:08pm 5th June 2015)

A Craven accountant has been ordered to pay back more than £270,000 after being jailed for fraud.

Geoffrey Langdale, of Springfield, Bentham, has six months to hand over the money or he'll face another three years behind bars.

He was sentenced to six years last September after he used over £1 million of his clients' cash to support his own business and make investments.

Once Langdale has paid all of the money back, it will be repaid proportionately to his victims as compensation.

Acting Detective Inspector Jonathan Rowland, who leads North Yorkshire Police's Economic Crime Unit, said: "This was a case where many individuals trusted Langdale because of his position in the community as an accountant, however he abused that trust for his own ends and many of those individuals are now in financial difficulty as a result.

"North Yorkshire Police's Economic Crime Unit investigated this complex case and I would like to commend both the Detective Constable and Financial Investigator who worked tirelessly to ensure that Langdale was prosecuted and convicted.

"The investigation resulted in a six-year prison sentence for Langdale and he has now, through the Proceeds of Crime Act, been stripped of his remaining assets.

"Most importantly, this will go some way to compensating the victims of Langdale, albeit that in most cases, they will sadly not get back anything like the amount that was stolen from them.

"Once again, this case demonstrates our determination to use the Proceeds of Crime Act wherever possible, to ensure convicted criminals do not benefit financially from their crimes."