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Salford woman ordered to pay back more than £113k under the Proceeds of Crime Act

A woman from Salford has been ordered to pay more than £113,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Jo-Ann Walker, 36, of Manchester Road, Walkden, was previously sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, for permitting the production of cannabis.

Today, Friday 22 July, Manchester Crown Court heard how Walker had benefitted by £487,268.85 in ill-gotten gains after a cannabis farm was discovered in a garage at her home address on January 4 last year.

Walker has now been ordered to pay back £113,782.93 within three months otherwise she will have to serve a prison sentence of two years and will still have to release her assets.

To fund the order, Walker could have to sell her three properties in Walkden, Skelmanthorpe, and Southport.

Det Insp Benjamin Cottam, from GMP’s Salford borough, said: “Time and time again we come across individuals who have no regard for the law and lead lavish lifestyles through money paid for by crimes.

“But in this case, as with many GMP officers uncover, these individuals are being caught and are being stripped of their assets.

“I hope this serves as a deterrent for those tempted by crime that we don’t stop after a conviction – we will also track down every penny that you have earned through crime and make you pay it back.”

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