A fraudster who stole almost £1 million from the bank account of Sir Terence Conran has been told to pay back £450,000 or face a further three years in prison.
West Mercia Police carried out an investigation into Darren Steadman's financial affairs after he was jailed for four-and-a-half years last November.
The 35-year-old, from Kidderminster, was found guilty of "retaining unlawful credits to the value of £979,991 from a bank account belonging to Sir Terence Conran".
He also admitted eight offences of defrauding finance companies of more than £48,000 through bogus car deals.
The judge at that time also ordered a further 16 deception offences should lie on file.
Yesterday Judge Michael Mott ordered Steadman to pay back £450,000 of the £2,342,236 he is calculated to have made from his criminal activity when he appeared before Worcester Crown Court for the confiscation hearing.
Steadman was given six months to pay back the money or face a further three years in prison.
The £450,000 was seized using the Criminal Justice Act, which enables specially trained financial investigators in the force's Economic Crime Unit to identify and apply through the courts to recover assets gained as a result of criminal activity.
Pat Kelly, from the Economic Crime Unit, said: "Darren Steadman is a career fraudster who has caused a great deal of distress to innocent victims of identity fraud.
"With the new powers available to us through the Proceeds of Crime Act, and the existing powers available under the Criminal Justice Act, we can now take the profits out of crime and hit criminals where it hurts them most - in their pockets."
He added: "Whenever we believe that cash or property - including cars, houses, jewellery and electrical equipment - has been bought with the cash obtained from criminal activity, we have the power to restrain, investigate and potentially confiscate."