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They won’t klingon to it! Couple’s sci-fi memorabilia to be sold to compensate defrauded company

Julie Nickerson

Julie Nickerson

Sci-fi memorabilia seized from a pair of Halifax thieves who defrauded a company out of £2.3 million is to be auctioned off this evening (Friday).

A haul of collectors’ items from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and Thunderbirds, including toys and costumes were seized from the home of Julie and Anthony Nickerson.

Nickerson, 55, who was jailed for five years at Bradford Crown Court in May, worked in the accounts and finance department of the defrauded Halifax firm JLA Limited.

Her husband Anthony, 48, was jailed for two and a half years.

Their ill-gotten gains were used to fund a lavish lifestyle, including the purchase of a £500,000 house, almost £200,000 on holidays and £86,000 on two prestige cars.

The science fiction collection, estimated to have cost around £17,000, was bought at auction.

Proceeds from the sale, which will take place in Northern Ireland, will be returned to the victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Minton, Crime Manager at Calderdale District Police, said: “The Nickersons thought they were living the high life on the stolen cash, but came crashing down to earth when they were sent to prison.

“Their convictions should serve as a warning to others that those found to be living off the proceeds of crime will not only be looking at a jail sentence, they may also have their assets confiscated.

“This was an excellent investigation by the Calderdale Proceeds of Crime Act Team and we would urge anyone who suspects that someone is living beyond their means to report them to police by calling 101.”

 

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