Jailed docks manager must pay back half of ill-gotten gains
A DOCKS manager who is in jail for stealing more than £75,000 from his employers has been ordered to pay back less than half the amount when he is released.
Nigel Piggott has been slapped with a confiscation order for £32,101 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation as prosecutors try to claw back his ill-gotten gains.
If the 49-year-old – who, as reported on the front page of the Grimsby Telegraph, was jailed for two-and-a-half years last October – fails to come up with the money by next May's deadline, he will have to serve another 15 months behind bars.
A judge at Teesside Crown Court allowed Piggott 12 months rather than the usual six to find the cash because he is not expected to be released from custody until early next year.
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Piggott, of Windlesham Avenue, Grimsby, worked as a maintenance manager for Teesside-based PD Ports Services when he devised the con which went on for five years, as reported.
He tricked his bosses into paying him overtime – simply by invoicing them in someone else's name – and received more than £75,000 before being rumbled in 2010.
The "ghost" worker – a boatman employed to help Piggott's team at Immingham Docks berth vessels and release them – had been paid as much as £300 a week from early 2005.
Piggott spent the cash on exotic holidays to places such as Thailand, Florida, Singapore, Puerto Rico and Prague, as well as on expensive dental work and top restaurants.
He stole more than £75,000 before being rumbled last year when he was laid off and his successor was unable to find any trace of the casual worker he had added to the books.
When Piggott heard his job was at risk during cost-cutting, he destroyed computer files, and deleted the names and numbers of part-time staff from his works mobile phone.
At an earlier hearing, a judge ruled that Piggott "had a chip on his shoulder" about not being paid overtime and how much work he had to do for his £28,000-a-year salary.