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A senior police officer has welcomed the sentencing of two sisters who returned to their money-laundering ways just weeks after being released from prison.
Det Sgt Derek Tinsley, from West Midlands Police's regional asset recovery team, said the behaviour of Bo and Yam Li showed their lack of remorse.
Two convicted money launderers who hid cash raked in from the human trafficking operation which killed 21 cockle pickers almost a decade ago have been sent back to prison.
Sisters Bo and Yan Li, who worked from addresses in Shirley and Dudley, were jailed in 2009 for their part in the tragic scam, which earned them an estimated £1.07million.
They were ordered to pay back the sum - but a court heard they managed to hide more than £22,000 of their dirty money, which they tried to spend within weeks of being released.
The original charges related to the death of 21 Chinese cockle pickers who died while working illegally in Morecambe Bay in 2004. They had been trapped by the incoming tide and drowned.
The pair were jailed for two years each at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.