Former Wakefield detective jailed for money laundering

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor

An ex fraud squad detective has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for his part in a £5.7m escort agency and credit card scam.

Det Sgt Christopher Taylor, 57, was convicted of money laundering in a con which was linked to Spain and had 17,300 victims across the UK.

Taylor, of Oxford Road, Wakefield, was said by the prosecution to have profited by about £900,000.

Alex Dos Santos, mitigating, said Taylor had operated an otherwise legitimate debt recovery company in Wakefield and had allowed his bank accounts to be used in the fraud.

He said: “There has been a great reputational fall and the significance of his former career as a police officer has meant the time he has spent in custody has been difficult for him.”

Judge Rupert Overbury, passing sentence, said: “As a former experienced and commended police officer you played no part in the conspiracies but were prepared to sacrifice you good name for one sole aim: money.”

Taylor was one of seven people who were sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court following a ten-week long trial.

The court heard how self proclaimed Costa conman Antoni Muldoon, 66, masterminded the scam and lived a life of luxury.

He was jailed for seven years and five months after admitting conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

Judge Rupert Overbury, passing sentence, said: “Antoni Muldoon was the architect but each of you in your own way played vital roles without which these schemes could not have succeeded.”

The other defendants received sentences ranging from six-and-a-half years to a suspended sentence.