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Woman ordered to pay back cash

A SHIRLEY crook, who was jailed for her part in a massive money-laundering scam, has been ordered to pay back almost £1m.

A SHIRLEY crook, who was jailed for her part in a massive money-laundering scam, has been ordered to pay back almost £1m.

Bo Li, 41, of Stratford Road, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison after being found guilty in 2009.

But she could end up serving a further four years, if she doesn’t pay back £859,303 within the next six months.

A confiscation order was served at Birmingham Crown Court last month.

Even if she doesn’t hand-back the cash in time, she will still owe the money to the authorities.

Li had been convicted along with Yan Li, 40, and Anthony Whale, 36, both from Dudley.

Court calculated that between them they’d made over £2m through their criminal activities.

Det Insp Chris Berrow said: “These confiscation orders demonstrate the seriousness with which the court will deal with those who associate themselves with organised criminal gangs, through their illegal activities.”

Police had rumbled the money-laundering operation, which was connected to tax-dodgers and organised crime, after spotting financial irregularities at a local business.

The scam centred around the Oriental Medical Centre, which had branches in Shirley and Knowle High Street.

 

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