A former massage parlour has been sold at auction to help fund a £2 million unpaid court bill.
The old Cuddles premises in Bearwood was run by Carl Pritchett, who funded a lavish lifestyle by exploiting women who worked there. He had re-let the property, which was trading as Bunnys.
However, enforcement receivers seized the site in Hagley Road, under the Proceeds of Crime Act and made efforts to sell it, to fund a £2m confiscation order made in 2009.
Cottons auctioneers have now sold the property for £205,000. The firm today said the buyer wishes to remain anonymous.
Police raided the massage parlour in 2005 and found 19 foreign women employed as sex workers.
Pritchett was locked up for two years in 2006 for running the brothel.
He was jailed for a further seven years in 2009 after failing to stump up the £2m he pocketed from the racket. He had been ordered to repay the sum within six months.
In 2012, a judge ordered that three properties owned by Pritchett, including the old Cuddles premises, be seized to settle the bill.
West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page confirmed: “Carl Pritchett was ordered to pay a £2m confiscation order. 497 Hagley Road was sold for £205,000 at auction.”
He added that the proceeds from the sale, minus auction fees, will be put into the police’s PoCA fund – which is distributed back into community projects.
Other properties belonging to Pritchett are also being sold by the receivers to pay towards the confiscation order.
Last year, bosses of Bunnys were accused of operating out of an old surveyors building, next door to the initial site, without planning permission. Those bosses did submit a planning application asking to run a relaxation studio open until 5am, but that was turned down by Sandwell Council planning officers last June.
Bunnys had relocated to 495 Hagley Road after the 497 building next door was seized by enforcement receivers under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Council planning chiefs issued the owners of Bunnys with a stop notice, which bans them from trading from this building, as they had no planning permission before their application. The building is still under the control of enforcement receivers.