South Yorkshire money launderer ordered to repay £65k

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A MAN who laundered money from the sale of illegal cigarettes and alcohol has been ordered to pay back the profits of his criminality.

Kevin Roe, of Laughton Road, Dinnington, Rotherham, was convicted of money-laundering offences in September 2011 and sentenced to a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The 50-year-old was also sentenced to a supervision order and 100 hours of unpaid work.

However, this week South Yorkshire Police took him back to court, using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act, to claim the money that Roe had made through his offending - and a judge ordered him to hand over £65,000.

Roe now has six months to hand over the cash - or face 20 months behind bars in default.

Detective Sergeant Rob Platts, who oversaw the investigation into Roe, said: “This outcome should send out a warning to other people involved in this and any other criminality, that the police, Crown Prosecution Service and courts will not stand for this.”

Darren Walsh, of South Yorkshire Police’s economic crime unit, said: “This is a prime example of the power of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

“Anyone found profiting from criminal activity will have their money taken from them and their assets stripped.”

Between March 2011 and April 2012 South Yorkshire criminals were ordered to hand over £3 million in confiscation hearings brought under the Act.