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National Crime Agency seized £600,000 from Evans crime family.

By Ed McConnell

Assets worth £600,000 have been seized from a crime family involved in wine and mortgage fraud.

Two flats in Sidcup Hill, Sidcup, and £288,341, which was made from the sale of a Bromley property, are now in the hands of the National Crime Agency.

John Evans, 34, his brother Richard, 29, and mother Joan, 58, all of North Drive, Orpington, and his wife Josephine, 34 and of Eden Road, Dunton Green, bought the properties with money obtained from illegal trading.

The profits of the two wine businesses were invested in property. Picture: GettyImages
The profits of the two wine businesses were invested in property. Picture: GettyImages

John Evans ran wine investment companies Fine Wine Vintners Limited and Beaumont Vintners Limited but was disqualified from being a director in 2013.

Customers paid the firms large sums but rarely received their bottles.

Evans and his brother received money from both companies which was invested in property.

In response to the NCA investigation the family agreed to hand over the money.

Stephanie Jeavons, deputy director of the NCA's Economic Crime Command, said: "This is our latest success in targeting offenders who, despite not being criminally charged, often crumble under the NCA evidence against them.

"We have many more cases under investigation and many more organised crime groups will be handing over their ill-gotten gains which often represent other people's misery."

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