|Robber jailed for concealing ill-gotten gains - Salford/Wigan
Peter Anderson - Guilty
A convicted Salford robber and his girlfriend who lived a luxurious lifestyle using his ill-gotten gains have been sentenced today, Tuesday 28 July 2009.
Peter Anderson (born 18/01/79) of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to money laundering and falsely claiming £14,000 in benefits. He was jailed for three and a half years to be served concurrently to his current indeterminate sentence.
He was also ordered to pay back more than £66,000 or he faces another 18 months behind bars.
Danielle Bardsley (born 22/12/79) of Barrow Street, Salford, pleaded guilty to money laundering and falsely claiming around £30,000 in benefits. She was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, given a supervision order for two years and ordered to do 250 hours’ unpaid work.
Karen Bardsley (born 02/01/62) of Barrow Street, Salford, and Claire Anderson (born 16/08/76) of Murray Street, Higher Broughton, both pleaded guilty to money laundering. Karen Bardsley was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work and Claire Anderson was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 180 hours’ unpaid work.
Peter Anderson was arrested in April 2006 for his involvement in an armed robbery at the Lloyds TSB bank on Blackpool Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire, during which more than £100,000 was stolen and a gun was fired at police officers. He was jailed for an indeterminate period for public protection.
Before he was arrested, he and Danielle Bardsley lived an affluent lifestyle, residing in their abundantly furnished private house in Abram - a house bought in 2001 with the proceeds of his criminality.
Little did the neighbours know that Anderson was a career criminal and that he and Bardsley were also benefit thieves.
Anderson pleaded guilty to deceiving the Department of Work and Pensions into paying him £14,000 in incapacity benefit from 2001 to 2006 by claiming he was incapable of work and that his mental state was such that he had to rely on his parents to care for him at the family home in Murray Street, Salford.
Bardsley pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining £30,000 in benefits from 2001 to 2006. She claimed to be a single mother who was forced to reside with her mother at her mother's home in Barrow Street, Salford. She claimed that she had no financial assistance from the father of her children Peter Anderson.
Both did their utmost to keep their ownership of their Abram home a secret from the authorities.
Family members were recruited to assist with the deception. Thousands and thousands of pounds were deviously transferred and concealed between Anderson, Bardsley, Bardsley's mother, Karen Bardsley and Anderson's sister, Claire Anderson.
Peter Anderson recruited Claire Anderson to purchase the property and front the mortgage. She opened a bank account in order that her brother could deposit his ill-gotten gains to pay the various bills and living expenses.
Danielle Bardsley's mother was also recruited to siphon £10,000 through her bank account into the account opened by Claire and was rewarded with an all-expenses paid holiday to Cancun, Mexico.
Anderson flashed his cash by leasing top of the range four-wheel drive cars and designer clothing to up his status among his criminal associates that included David Totton and Aaron Travers who were shot in a gangland shooting at the Brass Handles Pub in Salford in 2006.
Following his arrest the police searched Anderson's home and recorded the trappings of his wealth which included expensive cars, top of the range televisions and sound systems, motor bikes and quad bikes and wardrobes full of designer clothing.
Hidden on top of a wardrobe was £28,000 in cash.
Further investigation revealed Anderson and his girlfriend Bardsley had spent thousands over the years on lavish holidays to places such as Florida and Mexico.
Detective Inspector Glen Jones, of GMP’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is a satisfying end to a long and complex investigation into Peter Anderson and his family.
”The fact that Greater Manchester Police will pursue criminals and the people close to them who have benefited from their criminality should send a strong deterrent message to others that it is not worth taking the risk to commit armed robberies.
”We are committed to pursuing criminals and their families for cash obtained through crime even when they are behind bars for the original offence and I believe that is not only what the public wants and expects, but also what the innocent bank workers and security guards want who often find themselves staring down the barrel of a gun when they are simply going about their work.”
Greater Manchester Police and the security industry launched Operation Vanguard in 2006 - a joint initiative designed to increase protection from robbery for security staff, cash in transit and financial and commercial premises such as banks, post offices, supermarkets, betting shops and garages.
· Cash-in-transit and commercial robberies are taken very seriously by Greater Manchester Police and by working in partnership with the cash-handling industry as part of Vanguard, we hope to use all the powers available to us to crack down on the offenders who make the lives of businesses and the public a misery.
· Initiatives to reduce cash-in-transit and commercial robberies have already proved incredibly successful throughout Greater Manchester and Vanguard's proactive and co-ordinated approach sends a very clear message to criminals that this type of crime will not be tolerated.
· Police use an extensive range of over and covert tactics to deter, disrupt and detect armed robbers.
· The operation sees officers escorting security vehicles as they carry out their normal deliveries, by using both high-visibility and covert patrols on the ground and in the air to prevent an increase in incidents.
· Officers use a variety of resources to prevent robberies against cash-handling vehicles, including police dogs, firearms officers, CCTV monitoring vehicles and patrol cars. In addition, the Force helicopter will shadow the vehicles from the air during collections or deliveries, enabling any activity to be monitored.