Drug dealer will have to sell plane to repay debts

A convicted drug dealer and money launderer who killed a veterinary nurse in a crash must sell his assets to repay money he made illegally.

Vytautas Kiminius, formerly of Sudbury Court, Peterborough, was jailed in October 2021 for 12 years. He was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

After his sentencing, a new investigation was launched by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) seeking to strip the 39-year-old of £576,000 he had earned illicitly.

Investigators found he currently only had assets worth £58,135, including a Cessna aircraft, along with money held in bank accounts and designer clothing.

Vytautas Kiminius custody image
Vytautas Kiminius, formerly of Sudbury Court, Peterborough, was jailed in October 2021 for 12 years [Cambridgeshire police ]

He was ordered to repay this amount in full or face an additional eight-month jail sentence, while still being required to repay the total sum.

ERSOU investigators will also continue to monitor for further assets to satisfy the full amount owed.

A previous order was also made against Kiminius’ partner, Karolina Kiminiene, 38, formerly of Sudbury Court, Peterborough, following a conviction for drugs and money laundering offences.

She was found to have gained £227,256 through criminal means and ordered to initially repay the available amount of £98,414.

Jemima Cholmondeley-Smith, from ERSOU, said: “Our teams continue to work tirelessly to target those who have profited through unlawful activity, and this is another positive result which strips a convicted criminal of their illicit gains.

“We’ll always do whatever we can to use Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation to ensure that crime does not pay.”

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