Brian Maltman (pictured) was described by the judge as ‘a magnet’ for the disposal of stolen gold
A family of jewellers involved in a multi-million pound scam ‘fencing’ gold stolen in burglaries have been jailed for a total of 20 years.
Over 15 months, Brian and Kim Maltman and their son Daniel took the gold for smelting to a merchant in London’s Hatton Garden and were paid £1.4million.
The family used the money to fund lavish round-the-world trips to Las Vegas, Barbados, the Bahamas and Thailand.
A court heard however that figure was scrap value and the true amount was much greater but impossible to assess without the precious metal being examined.
Through the family-run jewellery shop Facets in Edmonton, London, and their home in Romford, Essex, a flow of burglars handed stolen jewellery over to Brian Maltman.
Described by a judge as ‘a magnet’ for the disposal of stolen gold, the 55-year-old then recruited his son and wife to help him sell it on.
During a two-week trial, a jury heard the proceeds of their criminal activity enabled the family to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in a mortgage-free property with three cars.
Brian Maltman and Daniel Maltman, 23, were found guilty of conspiracy to handle stolen goods between September 2015 and January this year.
Daniel Maltman (pictured at court today, left, and at an earlier hearing, right) cried in the dock as sentence was passed and had to be consoled by his fathe
Together with Kim Maltman, 56, they were found guilty of converting criminal property.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court, Brian Maltman was jailed for 10 years, Daniel Maltman for six years and Kim Maltman for four years.
Daniel Maltman cried in the dock as sentence was passed and had to be consoled by his father. Brian Maltman also put an arm around his wife as she was jailed.
All three will be banned from operating a jewellery business upon their release for five years.
Over 15 months, Brian and Kim Maltman and their son Daniel took the gold for smelting to a merchant in London’s Hatton Garden (pictured) and were paid £1.4million