Meaford Hall, Estate of the Day
Think the government trying to sell the assets of fraudsters is just an American problem? In the UK, the government is trying to find buyers for the ill-gotten gains of one Craig Johnson, who amassed a tidy fortune in a massive mobile phone tax scam. He is currently serving a 12-year jail term and has to come up with £26 million to pay the taxpayers or he could face increased jail time. His cars, including a Bentley Arnage, Ferrari 355 and a Range Rover, as well as his distinctive personalized number plates will go up for auction through auction house SHM Smith Hodgkinson on June 23 and could bring at least £250,000.
A greater take is hoped for Meaford Hall in Staffordshire, Johnson's Grade II-listed estate. The property has a swimming pool, gym, spa, several cottages and a helicopter landing pad on 20 acres. Portions of the eight-bedroom hall date back to the late 17th century when the land was acquired by William Jervis of Chatcull. It was part of the Jervis family for over 250 years before being sold in 1943 and occupied by a variety of groups including United States Forces. It has been restored in somewhat questionable style and the three-floor home includes a large reception hall, drawing room, study and staff quarters.
The listing reveals that the are also some recently built garages and dog kennels on the property but because planning permission was not obtained for these outbuildings they will have to be demolished. This home is on the market for offers of at least £2.75 million.
Gallery: Meaford Hall