A smuggler convicted of exporting £ 53million of rare baby eels cannot recall where the profits are because he suffers from dementia, a court has heard.
Gilbert Khoo, who narrowly avoided jail, “had difficulty” remembering where he had hidden the loot, it was learned during a financial confiscation hearing.
Mr Khoo, 67, who posed with gold bars to show his fortune, exported live elvers to the Far East – where they are a delicacy – for three years.
He imported the endangered glass eels from Spain, storing them in Gloucestershire before sending them to Heathrow to export them hidden under chilled fish, according to an earlier trial.
His racket was put on display after border officials found a package containing 600,000 elvers, half of which were dead.
Mr Khoo, of Chessington, Surrey, was convicted of animal export offenses last March and received a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Prosecutors said yesterday that assets dating back six years had been hidden.
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Mr Khoo’s lawyers said he was diagnosed with dementia and could not say where the payments went.
Around £ 250,000 are in dispute.