Suffolk

Suffolk fraudster Kankamol Albon's handbags may raise £200k

Kankamol Albon and seized handbags
Image caption Kankamol Albon's assets offered for sale include a number of Chanel handbags

Designer handbags, shoes and clothes seized from a convicted Suffolk fraudster could raise about £200,000 at auction, police say.

Kankamol Albon, 42, was convicted last year of a fraud involving the sale of prestige cars from her Smallbridge Hall home, near Bures.

Nearly 200 items seized during the inquiry will be offered at Swardston Village Hall, in Norfolk, later.

Police said the sale showed life funded by crime "will not be tolerated".

Albon was initially investigated after she alleged she had been blackmailed into selling hundreds of prestige cars from her family run business, N A Carriage Company, for less than the market value.

However, inquiries showed this was a smokescreen for criminal acts including a fraudulent investment operation, leading to the loss of £7.5m.

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Media captionVintage bags have even attracted attention from London fashion houses

She also fraudulently claimed £1.8m VAT from sales of vehicles overseas but officers discovered these cars had never been purchased and there was no evidence of any exports.

'Vintage items'

Albon was sentenced to six years in prison last October after pleading guilty to fraud by false misrepresentation, fraudulent trading and theft, plus VAT fraud.

In July, she was ordered to hand over the contents of her bank accounts and a BMW car under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 during a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

Now the Joint Suffolk and Norfolk Economic Crime Unit are offering her collection of designer items from manufacturers such as Chanel and Christian Dior that represent personal assets that were seized during the initial investigation.

A police spokesman said the auction included many "vintage" items and had already attracted the attention of many London based fashion businesses.

Det Cons Ady Finbow said: "This case underlines the lengths that we will go to ensure that those people that seek to enjoy a lifestyle funded by crime will not be tolerated.

"We will do all that we can to strip them of the very things that motivated them to engage in crime in the first instance."

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