‘Breaking Bad’-inspired cop who orchestrated drug racket jailed for another year over pirate TV – The Sun

A CORRUPTED PC who orchestrated a drug trafficking ring after becoming addicted to the TV series Breaking Bad has been jailed for another 12 months.

PC Daniel Aimson, 39, had already been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis when he started whipping pirated set-top boxes for TVs.

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PC Daniel Amison orchestrated a drug trafficking ring after becoming addicted to TV drama Breaking Bad, pictured with his wife RachelCredit: Cavendish Press
    PC Daniel Aimson, 39, had already been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis when he started whipping pirated set-top boxes for TVs

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PC Daniel Aimson, 39, had already been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis when he started whipping pirated set-top boxes for TVsCredit: Cavendish Press
    PC Daniel Aimson, 39, was jailed for a further 12 months

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PC Daniel Aimson, 39, was jailed for a further 12 monthsCredit: MEN Media
    Wife Rachel Aimson has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and charges have been filed

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Wife Rachel Aimson has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and charges have been filedCredit: MEN Media

It is claimed he could have cost pay-per-view companies some £5million in lost revenue due to the scam.

He used his ill-gotten gains to fund a lavish lifestyle, taking his wife Rachel for meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and on trips to Marbella and Venice, and buying watches from the Breitling and Rolex brands.

The former officer earned over £655,000 from the sale of IPTV and Zgemma set-top boxes.

At least half of the boxes, which offer streaming services, had been preloaded with black market software so buyers could watch sporting events on Sky Sports and BT – as well as blockbuster movies and TV shows, all at discounted rates.

He flogged the kit on eBay, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, accepting money for the kit for 14 months.

    Daniel Aimson treated his wife Rachel to Michelin-starred dinners and luxury trips abroad with the criminal's money
Daniel Aimson treated his wife Rachel to Michelin-starred dinners and luxury trips abroad with the criminal’s moneyCredit: Cavendish Press

Aimson was already under investigation for drug-related offenses.

He had been arrested and suspended from his job with Greater Manchester Police when fellow officers discovered he had copied Breaking Bad stories to develop two cannabis farms.

He even regularly wore a “Heisenberg” t-shirt with the face of the main character.

For this crime, he was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars at Manchester Crown Court.

Financial investigators later uncovered the decoder scam.

    Aimson, who worked for Greater Manchester Police, was jailed for a further 12 months over the scam
Aimson, who worked for Greater Manchester Police, was jailed for a further 12 months over the scamCredit: Cavendish Press
    It comes after he was originally sentenced to more than six years in prison in 2017 for orchestrating a Breaking Bad-style drug plot
It comes after he was originally sentenced to more than six years in prison in 2017 for orchestrating a Breaking Bad-style drug plotCredit: Cavendish Press
    The former PC has now been sentenced to serve another 12 months behind bars
The former PC has now been sentenced to serve another 12 months behind barsCredit: Cavendish Press
    Investigators realized he also started a decoder scam while under investigation for drug offenses
Investigators realized he also started a decoder scam while under investigation for drug offensesCredit: Cavendish Press

Officials from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) probed his company A1mson Ltd and found that he had created an account in his wife’s name.

He had even used bank accounts belonging to his mother and sister to launder the money.

He was found to have spent £540 on dinner at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester in Mayfair, London. The restaurant holds three Michelin stars.

He also spent £800 on a meal and stay at the top Northcote Manor hotel in Blackburn, Lancs.

And today – more than two and a half years into his original sentence – Aimson admitted new charges of conspiracy to defraud.

He was sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison, which will run consecutively to his current sentence.

His wife Rachel, 32, and Leigh, has been charged with money laundering.

However, she pleaded not guilty and the charges were filed.

The court heard that the couple had separated.
Aimson claimed he started committing crimes after he developed post-traumatic stress disorder while on the job.

He had suffered injuries in three separate accidents at work and had already been so seriously injured that he was in a wheelchair for three months, the court heard.

    Aimson's cannabis farms were inspired by TV drama Breaking Bad
Aimson’s cannabis farms were inspired by TV drama Breaking BadCredit: Cavendish Press
    In 2017 he was jailed for more than six years on drug charges
In 2017 he was jailed for more than six years on drug chargesCredit: Cavendish Press
    He and his wife Rachel have separated, the court heard at the re-sentencing hearing today
He and his wife Rachel have separated, the court heard at the re-sentencing hearing todayCredit: Cavendish Press

The former officer started the cannabis farms using a driver’s license confiscated from a motorist during a routine traffic stop.

He rented two unnamed residential properties just five doors apart and installed specialized equipment.

Officers found 166 cannabis plants, worth an estimated £84,500 in street transactions, at the two homes.

A raid on his home in Astley, near Wigan, yielded £22,545 in dirty money.

Today, prosecutor Alex Langhorn said Aimson had already been arrested for drug-related offenses when he started his pirate TV racket.

He said: “It was an established operation and it used a variety of online marketing tools to advertise the devices.

“They included custom websites, a YouTube account that had videos on how to install services and had 479,000 views, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, a Twitter account, an email account, and replies posted on the Amazon market.”

The court heard in March 2017 that Barclaycard and Microsoft unwittingly provided Aimson with a card payment facility and he was able to process £220,000 in payments through his company’s website.

But Barclaycard carried out a review four months later and became suspicious when officials looked at the website.

They canceled the payment facility and raised their concerns with the authorities.

Aimson then started using Paypal to accept payments and received a total of £116,000 within months.

In mitigation, defense attorney Saul Brody said: “This is a significant fall from grace for this man.

“He lost his job, his freedom, his career, his reputation and his marriage.”


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