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MORE than £1mil­lion has been con­fis­cated from a “vice queen” and her male ac­com­plice who op­er­ated a lu­cra­tive pros­ti­tu­tion racket for more than a decade.

Mar­garet Pater­son, 62, and Robert Munro, 63, were among five peo­ple who were or­dered to pay back al­most £1.5m in sep­a­rate cases at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day.

Pater­son and Munro had been on trial for brothel-keep­ing, money laun­der­ing and living on the earn­ings of pros­ti­tu­tion be­tween 2001 and 2011.

They were sen­tenced to five years’ in pri­son in July 2013 but faced con­fis­ca­tion hear­ings yes­ter­day.

The Crown Of­fice said Pater­son was made sub­ject of con­fis­ca­tion or­ders to­talling £1m while Munro was told to pay back £96,836.

Pater­son – who was dubbed Madam Mon­ey­bags – had been con­victed of laun­der­ing £700,000 and a fur­ther £544,000 while act­ing along with Munro.

They laun­dered al­most £595,000

VICE QUEEN: Pater­son of the pro­ceeds of their crimes by us­ing it to pur­chase luxury goods and ser­vices, and the re­main­der through the com­pany bank ac­count and the pos­ses­sion of il­le­gally-ob­tained cash.

The judge who jailed them, Michael O’Grady QC, said: “It has been an op­er­a­tion re­mark­able in its scope, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion – not to men­tion prof­itabil­ity.

“It has also been re­mark­able for its cyn­i­cism.’

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