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Smartalk Ltd

Confiscation proceedings

Johnson Everton Williamson, the former director of Smartalk Ltd, who was convicted for fraud offences in 2005 had a default prison sentence of 211 days activated on 16 March 2018 for non-payment of a confiscation order. 

A confiscation order was obtained in September 2005 in the sum of £130,000 and £80,158.09 has been paid to date, however, the time to pay expired in September 2006. The current balance outstanding is around £95,750.24 including interest.

A default sentence of 211 days was activated by the court after Williamson was arrested in the UK on 15 March 2018 on the back of a warrant obtained at the December enforcement hearing. Williamson had been at large for 12 years after he fled the country in 2006.


Johnson Williamson was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for a £2 million advance fee fraud.  Williamson was also disqualified from acting as a company director for 12 years.

The scam used local radio and newspapers to offer potential buyers a computer worth £650 for just £100, provided they agreed to complete a ‘lifestyle questionnaire’ every month for two years.

Williamson, who was extradited from Spain for the original trial following a joint investigation by the SFO and Lancashire Police, was one of three defendants convicted of the crime.