A 62-year-old woman convicted of a drug offence has been ordered to pay £39,038 following a confiscation order made at Leeds Crown Court.
Margaret Bedford of Cromwell Crescent, Pontefract, was given three months to pay the money or face a default sentence of eight months.
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It follows a case at Leeds Magistrates’ Court in December 2017, in which she pleaded guilty to production of cannabis and received a six-month suspended sentence.
Det Sgt Richard Ord of the Wakefield District Proceeds of Crime Team said: “We will not accept those within our communities who are happy to exploit others for their own benefit, living a life of luxury on the back of criminal activity.
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“It is only right that these proceeds of crime are taken away.
“Those around her will have seen her leading a life beyond her means and now they can see that a significant amount of money is being paid back.
“The hearing is the culmination of a detailed investigation by the team.
“We rely on information and intelligence from local people about those behaving in this way.
“If anyone has any information please contact the police on our non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.
“Alternatively, you can supply details via our live chat facility available through the ‘contact us’ section of the Force website.”