Fake fraud knight living lavishly on the proceeds of crime must repay £1.5m or return to jail
A fake knight who lived a life of luxury with a lavish home and a fleet of supercars after serving time in jail for a £14m property scam is being given weeks to pay nearly £1.5m pounds sterling or be sent back to prison
- Eric Fitzpatrick Danison was jailed in 2010 for a £14million property scam
- After his release, Danison lived richly off the proceeds of crime
- West Midlands Police found him living in a mansion with several luxury cars
- Danison renamed himself Sir Patrick Tristram Bijou, despite not being a knight
- Police are now demanding he return his ill-gotten gains or return to jail
A fake knight who lived a life of luxury funded by the proceeds of a £14m property scam for which he was once jailed has been given weeks to hand over nearly £1.5m or be fired in prison.
Convicted fraudster Eric Fitzpatrick Danison was jailed for 11 years in 2010 for deceiving wealthy investors – including claiming he could secure flats in a prestigious Birmingham development.
But after his release he ignored a request for reimbursement of the seven-figure sum, the unpaid amount of a nearly £2million order which covered the money he had raked in.
He got a makeover, going by the moniker Sir Patrick Tristram Bijou, moved into a £1.2million house in Wales and still had over £500,000 in the bank.
It is unclear whether he purchased the title or gave himself up without merit, but he was never knighted by the Queen.
Eric Fitzpatrick Danison, who was jailed in 2010 for a £14million property scam, was caught living lavishly after being released with the proceeds of his crime. Now the police are demanding he pay back or go back to jail.
Danison also had several expensive cars, including a Daimler and an Alfa Romeo, in his driveway, West Midlands Police said.
But now the Crown Prosecution Service has ordered Bijou to repay the money by this summer or face jail for another eight-and-a-half years after a request for force at Birmingham Crown Court.
Bijou, from London, was also jailed for two years in 2019 for breaching a financial reporting order.
Det Chief Insp Alex Pritchard, head of the economic crime unit, said: ‘It may have been over a decade since we got the original forfeiture order, but we never forget in our hunt to prevent criminals from benefiting from ill-gotten gains.
“Any unpaid sum hangs over a convicted felon for the rest of his life, in case other assets are identified.
“Once it was established that Bijou had them, we started working with the CPS on what is called an ‘uplift’ procedure, to ensure that he paid back the money owed.
“It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest amount, we’ve ever gotten this way.
“It shows criminals that we will never let go, even years later.”
Police presented evidence of Bijou’s available assets at Birmingham Crown Court.
A judge approved the order on Wednesday, April 13.