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Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police.

In 2013 a scam gang conned two elderly Buckinghamshire residents out of £300,000 for roofing work, then came back posing as trading standards officers who said they’d recovered the money, and charged them an extra £600,000 in up-front recovery fees.

Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: “There was a painstaking investigation across two counties which included untangling finances and I’m pleased it has resulted in money launderer Booker being ordered to pay back nearly a quarter of a million pounds to the victims of a cruel double scam.”

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