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Money launderer jailed for three years

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A prolific gambler who laundered more than £400,000 in dirty money at casinos across the North has today been jailed for three years.

Ian Astin, of Hamlet Road, Fleetwood, spent large sums of suspected drugs money at casinos in Manchester, Leeds and Blackpool.

A judge at Preston Crown Court today sentenced the 50-year-old to three years and two months behind bars.

The court heard Astin laundered £425,000 between January 2007 and October 2012, averaging around £70,000 a year.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of converting criminal property.

The money is thought to be linked to drug dealing but there was no suggestion Astin was involved in that.

His barrister said he had been taken advantage of and did not make much money from his actions.

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