A MONEY launderer from South Yorkshire – jailed after £150,000 in cash was found stashed in his home – has been sentenced to another year in prison for failing to pay back his illicit gains.
Shane Darlington, aged 30, hid £111,000 in his loft, £20,000 in his laundry basket, £10,000 in a music system speaker and £5,000 in a computer.
Police who raided the terrace house the labourer shared with his mum, also found £1,000 in coins scattered around his bedroom, and he also dumped £3,000 under a bush outside.
Officers suspected the money was earned through drug dealing and Darlington was involved in a supply network.
Two years ago, Darlington, of Park Grove, Barnsley, was jailed for 27 months after admitting three money laundering offences.
He also received an eight-month concurrent sentence for making a fraudulent mortgage application for a house he was renovating.
A confiscation order was made against Darlington under the Proceeds of Crime Act, ordering him to pay back £90,000 or face being returned to jail
However, he only paid back £30,000.
In a fresh hearing, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard the house that Darlington owned should have been sold to raise the money to satisfy the order.
However, a police investigation found that the property had not been put on the market.
The investigation concluded Darlington could pay, but was ‘clearly stalling’.
Detective Constable Steve Ramsbottom, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “Darlington was probably expecting the court hearing to be adjourned allowing him time to pay. He was not expecting his day to end in prison.
“Once the balance of £60,000 is paid, he will be released.
“However, if he refuses to pay or cannot find the funds then the 12-month sentence will stay in force and the balance will still be outstanding on his release.
“The funding must come from a legitimate source or this money could also be seized and the balance will still be outstanding.
“For anyone thinking that crime pays, they should think again as it can not only mean a prison sentence, but also prove costly in paying back what they have gained from illegal activities.”