A burglary gang who used Beatles wigs as disguises made thousands of pounds targeting Asian families for their gold.
They made an average of more than £92,000 from their criminal activities but some of them have now been told they only have to pay back a nominal £1 each.
More than 42 years of prison time was handed out to the gang, who burgled houses in the Welsh borders, Chester, the Wirral and the Midlands in what was described as a sophisticated crime spree.
They used Beatle wigs to disguise themselves and stole cars to make their getaways.
But at a hearing this week some of the gang were told they only needed to hand over a nominal £1 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Each were found to have benefited from his crimes to the tune of more than £92,000.
The court decided the nominal confiscation orders should be made so that if the men did come into any future money, that could be seized from them at a later date.
Michael McGuire, 47 of Homestead Lane, Wrexham was involved in 22 burglaries and was jailed for six and a half years. He was said to have a criminal benefit of £92,850 but was made the subject of a nominal £1 order.
Miles Berry, 24, of King’s Road, Connah’s Quay , who received five years, made £95,934 but was subject to a £1 nominal order.
John Purcell, 24, of King’s Road, Connah’s Quay, admitted involvement is 13 burglaries and was jailed for five years.
His criminal benefit was said to have been £250,155 and he was ordered to pay £13,000.
Kevin Joseph McGuire, 34, of Blackburn, also received six and a half years and his benefit was said to be £131,623. A £1,058 confiscation order was made in his case.
John James Purcell, 29, of Ruthin Road Caravan Site in Wrexham, involved in nine burglaries, received six years and his criminal benefit was £158,531 with a £2,570 confiscation order.
Miles Delaney, 32, of the Ruthin Road caravan site, was cleared of the conspiracy but admitted two burglaries.
He received five years, his criminal benefit was £95,900 and he was made subject of a £1 nominal order, as was Patrick Doran, 30, also of the Ruthin Road side, who was jailed for two and a half years for the conspiracy and whose criminal benefit was said to be £92,800.
Mark Bowen, 46, of Western Avenue, Whittington, Oswestry, admitted handling stolen goods and money laundering.
Described as a legitimate businessman, who was said to have bought a £55,000 yellow Lamborghini in a mid life crisis, he received 27 months last September.
The court heard that he had not handled all the gang’s proceeds but it was estimated that it may have been in the region of £20,000 worth. His POCA order was disputed and the proceedings against him were adjourned until December by the judge, Mr Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones.
Some defendants had previously been dealt with and the judge was told that the prosecution hoped that when all orders had been completed some £60,000 would have been seized and there would then follow an administrative nightmare where victims would be compensated on a pro-rata basis.