BROTHEL MADAM HIT FOR £1MILLION
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.’