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Julie and Anthony Nickerson lived in luxury with the stolen money

Julie and Anthony Nickerson lived in luxury with the stolen money

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 Julie and Anthony Nickerson lived in luxury with the stolen money

Julie and Anthony Nickerson lived in luxury with the stolen money

Julie and Anthony Nickerson lived in luxury with the stolen money

The only force with them was the police force. They are the sci-fi-obsessed couple who stole £2.3 million and then spent huge sums on memorabilia.

And their much-loved collectables were auctioned yesterday.

Julie Nickerson (55) from West Yorkshire was jailed for five years after splurging £500,000 on a house which had five acres of land, a hot spring and swimming pool, almost £200,000 on luxury holidays and £85,947 on a Mercedes car each.

And £16,000 on Star Trek costumes.

They spent similar amounts on other rare, expensive collectables such as a mint-condition Star Wars Millennium Falcon model, remote-controlled Daleks and Darth Vader's helmet.

Their 1,000 pieces of sci-fi memorabilia seized by police included costumes used in the Star Trek films, including Scotty's jacket.

Mrs Nickerson's newsagent husband Anthony (48) was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

His role in the plot was passing the millions his wife stole from her laundry company employer through his business.

Mr Nickerson admitted transferring and concealing just under £925,000 between July 2009 and December 2012, while his wife pleaded guilty to stealing £2.3m from JLA Ltd in Halifax between 2005 and December 2012, when she was made redundant.

The court heard her husband turned a blind eye to his wife's dishonesty. He was told by the judge "you helped her" with a theft "in breach of trust".

Recorder Anthony Hawks said: "What you did was to embark on an orgy of greed and self-indulgence which only came to a head when you were made redundant."

Belfast Telegraph