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Bedfordshire on Sunday business finda logo new template jobsnow logo new template Property search motors logo new template Published: 10/07/2013 13:31 – Updated: 10/07/2013 13:06

Written byJULIA SUTTON

A MAN who made more than 500,000 clamping cars without a license has been jailed.

Thomas John Rice, of Bedford Road, Wilstead, ran vehicle clamping and removal business Paragon Security Services for six years until 2011, Luton Crown Court heard on July 5.

Rice did not hold a proper license from the Security Industries Authority (SIA) and employed staff without appropriate licenses while he is estimated to have taken half a million pounds from parking services.

When the SIA became aware of Paragon Security, Rice provided false names to the SIA and employed licensed staff for a few weeks to give the appearance of a responsible company.

Darren Woodhouse, an SIA head of investigation said: The sentencing judge said that the licensing regime was set up by parliament to protect the public from ‘cowboy clampers’, that an unlicensed business like Rice s left the public unprotected.

“The judge recognised that Rice had deliberately chosen not to get a licence because his previous convictions for violence and dishonesty meant his application would be turned down.

The judge said that the company takings were significant amount of money, and no VAT or tax was paid on it. In sentencing Rice the judge said that if it was not for his guilty plea, Rice would have received a sentence of two and a half years.

Rice pleaded guilty to a charge of acquiring criminal property.

He was given a total of 27 months in prison.

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