Cowboy roofers told to pay back £241k
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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.”