Updated: Wednesday, 27th August 2014 @ 5:50pm

Pay up £14million or face 10 years in jail: Counterfeit viagra trader given ultimatum by courts after running worldwide empire from Tameside home

Pay up £14million or face 10 years in jail: Counterfeit viagra trader given ultimatum by courts after running worldwide empire from Tameside home

By Dean Wilkins

A counterfeit Viagra trader is being order to repay £14million after running an international unlicensed medical business in Tameside.

Simon Hickman, 52, of Lily Lanes, Ashton, lived the life of luxury and had extensive assets including numerous properties, cars and millions of pounds in cash but was jailed for two years in 2009.

In court at Southwark Crown Court, today, he was ordered to repay £14,407,850.28 within six months or face a further 10 years in prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ashton, head of the North West Asset Recovery Team, said: “To put this result into perspective, I think it is fair to say that this one single confiscation order eclipses any that have gone before and is higher than all confiscation orders secured by NWRART collectively last year.”

He added: “Hickman made a considerable personal fortune by selling illegal pills to thousands of unsuspecting victims

“He has been held to account thanks to a meticulous joint investigation between the NWRART and MHRA.”

Hickman made his fortune by selling counterfeit erectile dysfunction tablets and slimming aids that he purchased overseas.

Investigators discovered Hickman created dozens of bank accounts across the globe, using them to launder cash totalling millions of pounds.

Funds were transferred into off-shore accounts having been diverted through more than 30 different international banks, some based in Malta, Holland and the Cayman Islands.

At Southwark Crown Court today, Friday 27 April 2012, Hickman was found to have benefited by £15,427,850.28 from his criminal enterprise.

Detective Chief Inspector Ashton continued: “Owing to a thorough partnership investigation, the MHRA and NWRART ensured Hickman lost his liberty as well as his assets. This case sends out a clear message to organised criminals that law enforcement agencies, working in partnership, will continue to pursue those involved in serious crime.”

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