Preston bookmakers guilty of money laundering


A FATHER and son from Preston have been found guilty of running an illegal money lending business and other offences following a 13 day trial at Preston Crown Court. 

James Alston Senior aged 74 and James Alston Junior aged 45, were  convicted of charges of illegal money lending, money laundering, and possessing criminal property from the proceeds of acting as an unlicensed bookmaker on 28 June.

The pair were investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team, supported by the Gambling Commission. In June 2010, a joint warrant was executed at the homes of the two men in the Ashton area of Preston. 

Officers from the team seized documentation and a substantial amount of cash.

Tony Quigley, head of the Illegal Money Lending Team, said “Illegal lenders are a scourge on our communities. Motivated by greed, they draw extortionate amounts of money from vulnerable people, leaving them in financial difficulty. 

”Illegal money lenders do not offer a community service and will not be tolerated. We would urge anyone aware of any illegal money lending activity to call us in confidence on 0300 555 2222.” 

The Gambling Commission’s regional compliance manager Alan Green, said: “Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Gambling Commission’s approach to keeping gambling fair and safe.”

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