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Sur­rey, was con­victed of laun­der­ing the money last July, and has been or­dered to pay back al­most a quar­ter of a mil­lion pounds.

Mr Booker, the 55-yearold sole di­rec­tor of the com­pany, had al­lowed £435,000 to be paid into his ac­count be­fore mak­ing cash with­drawals in amounts rang­ing from £10,000 to £60,000.

Ayles­bury Crown Court Judge Fran­cis Sheri­dan im­posed a con­fis­ca­tion or­der for £241,226 on Mr Booker on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17.

He was found to have ben­e­fited from the crime to the tune of £439,395.

He was jailed last July for three-and-a-half years, hav­ing been found guilty on 17 counts of money laun­der­ing un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

The judge or­dered that if the com­pen­sa­tion is not paid to the cou­ple within three months, Booker’s jail term would be ex­tended a fur­ther three-and-ahalf years.

Mar­garet As­ton, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, said the lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion was tes­ta­ment to the painstak­ing work by the joint Trad­ing Stan­dards and Thames Val­ley Po­lice team.

“These are never straight­for­ward in­ves­ti­ga­tions and re­quire pa­tience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and great skill,” she said.

“In a case where we weren’t able to iden­tify the orig­i­nal fraud­sters, our team have shown with ab­so­lute clar­ity the value of fi­nan­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish the wider crim­i­nal­ity in­volved, and to get com­pen­sa­tion for the el­derly vic­tims.”

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