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Brothel boss had £270,000 buried in his garage

Postby admin » 12 Nov 2008, 19:39

From The Sheffield Star

A BROTHEL boss from Sheffield who failed to pay the taxman for more than 10 years has been jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay back nearly £350,000.
John Barrett, aged 61, of Standon Road, Wincobank, and his co-accused Edward Kirby-Dorsey, 74, made hundreds of thousands of pounds from their cash-only 'saunas' in Attercliffe and Leeds.

But they cooked the books and set up off-shore companies to avoid paying tax.

When Barrett's home was searched officers found £270,760 in two safes buried beneath his garage floor.

A further £105,060 was found in a safe deposit box registered to Barrett at the NatWest bank on Abbeydale Road.

The fraud came to light after police raided the Omega sauna on Attercliffe Road, and a similar establishment called Winston's in Leeds, in 2004.

The Operation Rampart raid saw 13 people arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to live off immoral earnings.

But police were left red-faced after Judge Simon Lawler QC last year ruled the brothel's owners could not be prosecuted because officers knew sex was for sale and chose to do nothing about it.

Franz Muller QC, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Barrett and Kirby-Dorsey set up companies called Gladstone Investments, International Leisure Services and Grenville Services to launder the brothel profits.

The signatories for the company bank accounts were Barrett, Kirby-Dorsey, their wives Kathleen Barrett and Susan Kirby-Dorsey, and Barrett's son Anthony.

Further investigations revealed two Portuguese men named as company directors were fictitious.

Mr Muller said: "It was a cash business. The customers paid in cash and only cash was acceptable. There was no facility for any other form of payment.

"Tax returns were completed for the Inland Revenue. But the income received in cash from the customers exceeded the amounts declared. In short, the accounts were a complete sham.

"The court heard a cash machine was installed at the Leeds massage parlour and records showed withdrawals totalled more than £1 million."

Barrett, who has previous convictions for dishonesty dating back to 1969, admitted failing to pay tax between 1998 and 2005.

He accepted his total income was £787,029 on which he owed £258,076 tax.

He was also ordered to pay a £25,807 surcharge for non-payment of tax, £45,562 to account for the change in the value of money, £1,500 in prosecution costs and defence costs of up to £10,000.

Jailing him and banning him from holding a company directorship for 10 years, Judge Lawler said: "The matter is so serious only custody is appropriate. It is not the length of the sentence but the fact of custody which is important.

"Ordinary tax-paying members of the public would be outraged if they saw a man who has avoided paying tax for so long given anything other than a custodial sentence. You knew perfectly well you were making large amounts of money from those solely cash businesses. You knew perfectly well you had substantial tax liabilities.

"Examination of your bank accounts shows numerous cash deposits all calculated to channel funds from those two businesses and avoid your tax liabilities. There was personal gain here on a fairly large scale."

Kirby-Dorsey, of Ansell Road, Greystones, has also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and will be dealt with at a later date for health reasons.

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Brothel seized by crime agency now 'gentleman's club'

Postby admin » 19 Aug 2009, 20:13

A BROTHEL in Sheffield which was shut down after it was seized by police has reopened as a "gentleman's club" called the Box Office, offering "high class adult entertainment". The building in Attercliffe Road was formerly known as the Omega Sauna Rooms and was run by John Barrett, who had a similar operation called Winston's in Dewsbury Road, Leeds.

Barrett was jailed for 12 months last year for fraud after a court heard he had made hundreds of thousands of pounds from selling sex at the venues but had failed to pay tax. The fraud came to light as part of the bungled Operation Rampart, a police raid which saw 13 people connected with the two saunas charged with living off immoral earnings. A judge threw out that case after ruling police had known for some time that brothels were being operated from the sites, but had turned a blind eye.

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Brothel boss to pay back £1.4m after further assets are foun

Postby admin » 07 Apr 2011, 19:39

A SHEFFIELD brothel owner jailed for tax fraud has been ordered to hand over £1.4m to the authorities after a police investigation revealed he had further assets. Edward Kirby-Dorsey, aged 76, and his co-accused John Barrett, 63, made hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Omega sauna in Attercliffe and Winston’s Health Club in Leeds, but failed to pay tax on the cash-only businesses.

Police raided the premises as part of Operation Rampart in 2004 and made 13 arrests. A total of 45 illegal immigrants suspected of working as prostitutes were rounded up. Officers were unable to prosecute the men for conspiring to live off immoral earnings after a judge ruled police knew sex was for sale but turned a blind eye.

Barrett was jailed for 12 months in 2009 and ordered to pay back £350,000 deemed to be the proceeds of his crimes, while Kirby-Dorsey was jailed for 15 months and told to pay back £500,000.

But South Yorkshire Police knew Kirby-Dorsey, of Clumber Road, Ranmoor, had other assets and called in the Serious Organised Crime Agency which brought a civil action against him. Now he has been ordered to hand over another £929,000 on top of the £500,000 he paid back last year.

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Re: Brothel boss to pay back £1.4m after further assets are foun

Postby Kimjongil » 07 Apr 2011, 22:19

As a matter of interest, have the MPs found guilty of fiddling their expenses had their assets seized?
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Re: Brothel boss had £270,000 buried in his garage

Postby admin » 25 Oct 2014, 21:11

A SHEFFIELD brothel owner jailed for tax fraud has been ordered to hand over £1.4m to the authorities after a police investigation revealed he had further assets. Edward Kirby-Dorsey, aged 76, and his co-accused John Barrett, 63, made hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Omega sauna in Attercliffe and Winston’s Health Club in Leeds, but failed to pay tax on the cash-only businesses.

Police raided the premises as part of Operation Rampart in 2004 and made 13 arrests. A total of 45 illegal immigrants suspected of working as prostitutes were rounded up. Officers were unable to prosecute the men for conspiring to live off immoral earnings after a judge ruled police knew sex was for sale but turned a blind eye.

Barrett was jailed for 12 months in 2009 and ordered to pay back £350,000 deemed to be the proceeds of his crimes, while Kirby-Dorsey was jailed for 15 months and told to pay back £500,000.

But South Yorkshire Police knew Kirby-Dorsey, of Clumber Road, Ranmoor, had other assets and called in the Serious Organised Crime Agency which brought a civil action against him. Now he has been ordered to hand over another £929,000 on top of the £500,000 he paid back last year.

Graham Wragg, manager of South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “South Yorkshire Police has made major strides since the Proceeds of Crime Act was introduced in 2002.

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Re: Brothel boss had £270,000 buried in his garage

Postby admin » 25 Oct 2014, 21:12

A BROTHEL owner who ran saunas in Sheffield and Leeds and was jailed last year for failing to pay tax for a decade has had assets of more than £1.4m seized. The house belonging to Edward Kirby-Dorsey in leafy Ranmoor, Sheffield, will be sold and his bank accounts plundered by police, the proceeds going back into the public purse.

The pensioner’s fraud came to light after police raided two cash-only massage parlours, Winstons in Beeston, Leeds, and Omegas in Attercliffe, Sheffield, in 2004. Although tax returns had been completed for the Inland Revenue, the accounts written by 76-year-old Kirby-Dorsey and his partner John Barrett were described in court as a “complete sham” and not in line with the actual income received.

Kirby-Dorsey admitted one count of tax evasion and, in 2009, was ordered to repay £500,000. Despite undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation, he was also sentenced to 15 months in prison by a judge in January 2010. However, during their investigation into his finances, South Yorkshire Police established that Kirby-Dorsey was concealing additional assets in addition to the half-million pounds that he had failed to pay in tax.

The case was then referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) to investigate. As a result, Dorsey has now agreed a settlement which will see him hand over a further £929,000 on top of the £500,000 originally confiscated, including the sale of his home in Clumber Road.

South Yorkshire Police’s economic crime unit manager, Graham Wragg said: “South Yorkshire Police has made major strides since the Proceeds of Crime Act was introduced in 2002. Mr Kirby-Dorsey’s case was one of over 100 cases being dealt with and one of several that have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency for the civil recovery of assets gained through criminal activity.

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Re: Brothel boss had £270,000 buried in his garage

Postby admin » 25 Oct 2014, 21:12

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Re: Brothel boss had £270,000 buried in his garage

Postby admin » 28 Feb 2017, 20:30

A bid by the owner of a leisure club and massage parlour to sell alcohol and play music until 5am has been thrown out, after police were able to convince a council licensing panel that the venue was being run as a brothel. The refusal of the application from Winstons in Dewsbury Road, Beeston, comes more than a decade after it original alcohol-selling licence was revoked on similar grounds.

A meeting at Leeds Civic Hall today (Feb 28) heard police and the licensing panel had visited the building, which was formerly a cinema before operating as Churchills leisure club for many years.

They saw various facilities including a gym and sauna, the meeting was told. But it was the setup of the VIP suites - which contained comfortable double beds, TVs and Jacuzzis, as well as permanent dim red lighting - which convinced the panel.

PC Cath Arkle, from West Yorkshire Police, told the meeting: “I don’t think anything has changed, it’s still a brothel.” She recounted the troubled history of the premises, but also noted that on the most recent visit, the beds “could by no stretch of the imagination be termed massage tables". “Massage parlours seem to be the secret sign for brothels for people who want to visit premises such as these”, she said.

PC Arkle added that while she accepted the new owner had only relatively recently taken over the venue, he had worked there for many years and had taken over only two months after 29 people were arrested for drugs and prostitution offences. "He would have been on the premises at the time,” she pointed out.

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