UPDATE: Family behind £1.4million gold fraud brought down after Dartford and Longfield burglaries
PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 August 2017
The Maltmans from Essex were found guilty on August 3
A family described as a “magnet for criminality” have been jailed for running a £1.4million gold fraud scam.
Brian Maltman, 55, Kim Maltman, 56, and their son Daniel Maltman, all from Romford in Essex were caught out after a car used in burglaries around Dartford was linked back to them.
On May 24, 2016, a Mini Cooper with a fake licence plate had been used in jewellery burglaries in Main Road, Longfield and Rosedale Close in Dartford.
At 5pm the same day, the car’s driver opened the door onto a passing vehicle in Romford.
The stolen Mini fled the scene and was found dumped at a nearby estate, where witnesses saw the suspects cleaning the car down and being picked up by a second vehicle which was registered to the Maltmans.
Police stormed the Maltman’s home and found all of the stolen jewellery from both Dartford burglaries, along with other items thought to have been stolen across the country.
Paperwork then revealed the family had been doing business with a smelting company, paying large amounts of cash in hand.
All three family members were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering offences.
Brian Maltman was arrested again in January after he was found carrying £60,000 worth of gold.
Further investigation by officers from both Kent Police and Essex Police identified three burglars that the family had contact with, those three men were charged with various burglary offences in which stolen jewellery was then passed onto the Maltman family before it was melted down.
Albie Kelly, 23 of Rainham in Essex admitted three counts of burglary, which included the Dartford burglaries and stealing the Mini Cooper.
He was sentenced two years jail time on Thursday, August 14.
Brian and Daniel Maltman were both found guilty of money laundering and handling stolen goods and were jailed for 10 and six years respectively.
Kim Maltman will serve four years in prison having been found guilty of money laundering.
PC Dameon Shaw of Kent Police said: ‘This was a complex investigation which unravelled after the Mini Cooper was involved in a collision in Essex and spiralled into one of the most organised gold scams to date.
“The Maltman’s used their family business to disguise their criminality and formed relationships with criminals who carried out offences across Kent and Essex in order to make significant amounts of money, causing fear among many families after their homes were broken into.
“We worked closely with Essex Police and carried out a thorough investigation which revealed the true extent of this network indicating that the Maltman’s had illegally handled stolen jewellery worth £1.4m which was smelted down in order to fund their lifestyle.”
Two more men pleaded received five year prison sentences for their roles.
Nick Guidotti, 24 of Canvey Island admitted 16 counts of burglary while 24-year-old Peter Lord of Romford received the same sentence after admitting to two burglaries.