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Man jailed for money laundering ordered to pay back £70,000

Stephen Worrell Burke will have to pay back £70,000 Photo: Wiltshire Police

A Trowbridge man who was handed a jail term for a string of offences including money laundering has now also been ordered to pay back £70,000.

Stephen Worrell Burke, from Staverton, was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to:

  • Possession with intent to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine)
  • Money laundering
  • Possession of a class B drug
  • Making a false statement to obtain insurance x 7

Following his arrest, Wiltshire officers began to examine Burke’s cost of living. This investigation found he had legitimate earnings of £87, while his expenditure was over £88,000.

Burke's BMW car. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Burke had spent tens of thousands of pounds on prestige cars, luxury holidays and expensive clothes.

Burke spent over £88,000 on items like expensive clothes. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Earlier this week, Police made a confiscation order and Burke was ordered to pay back £70,000 over his lifetime, though £4,607.43 must be paid within the next three months or he will have to serve a further three months in prison.

Jewellery Burke afforded, despite his legal earnings totalling £87. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Through the money he had made through illegal activity, Burke was living a lavish lifestyle many hard working people can only dream of, with expensive cars and numerous holidays. This was despite his legal earnings totalling just £87.

It is important to stress that with incidents of this nature, our investigations don’t just stop once the offender is behind bars. This case serves to prove that we will continue our investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act and seek to seize and retain any property and possessions obtained unlawfully.

– PC Joe Shanklin, Dedicated Crime Team
Credit: Wiltshire Police