The people behind a business responsible for an organic food scam have been ordered to pay a total of £85,000 following a court judgement today (Wednesday 13th January) thanks to action taken by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service.
In September 2009, trading standards prosecuted Neil and Kate Stansfield (both of Newnham near Daventry) for a five-year scam which saw various products that were falsely described as organic being supplied by their company One Food Limited to consumers and businesses across the UK.
At a confiscation hearing at Northampton Crown Court today (13th January), Neil and Kate Stansfield were ordered to pay a total of £85,000 confiscation under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 & Proceeds of Crime Act (2002). This breaks down as follows:
- Neil Stansfield (the director of One Food Limited): a benefit figure of £300,000 was declared and he was ordered to pay £42,500.
- Kate Stansfield (the company secretary of One Food Limited): a benefit figure of £115,000 was declared and she was ordered to pay £42,500.
Both have been given six months to pay the full amount, with a default sentence of 12 months imprisonment if they fail to pay.
Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, cabinet member for customers and communities said: “We are absolutely committed to tackling rogue traders in the county and will take action to prosecute wherever appropriate. Criminals operating in the county should also see this case as assurance that we will not hesitate to use the proceeds of crime legislation to take the benefit out of their crime and stop them profiting from their ill-gotten gains.
“Anyone who has any concerns about a product they have bought can get trading standards advice by telephoning Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”