A fraudster who paid back just £420 from Britain’s biggest cash heist is demanding compensation after being thrown back in jail.
Paul Allen, 45, pocketed £1.9million from the £53million Securitas raid in 2006.
But he is now filing a lawsuit for taxpayer-funded compensation against prison officials who sent him back to prison after his release for violating license conditions.
David Spencer of the Center For Crime Prevention called the offer “astonishing and bold.”
He added: “The government should not spend a cent on the decision to protect the public from this serious and violent criminal.”
Former cage fighter and gang enforcer Allen was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2009 for raiding the Securitas depot in Kent.
He was released in 2016 and within days The Sun pictured him wearing a £45,000 Rolex and driving a £40,000 convertible.
But in 2018 a court allowed him to repay £1.23 million as he claimed he lacked the money.
A year later, he was shot in the throat and paralyzed during an attempted gang hit.
He was returned to prison and his re-arrest was described as a “petty scheme”.
Allen has since complained about a “nightmare” six months ago and boasted of “legal action against whoever decided to lock up a paralyzed man.”
The Justice Department said its lawyers had contacted him about a claim for damages, but gave no further details.