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PS38k found hidden in toilet confiscated.

A SUSPECTED money launderer is feeling less than flush after police found PS38,000 hidden in her toilet cistern.

Helen Ross, 41, claimed she won the cash through gambling - but a judge at Birmingham Magistrates Court did not believe her and confiscated the cash.

Police found the bathroom bounty of PS38,610 when they executed a drugs warrant at Ross's home in Dartford Road, Walsall, last September.

As well as the cash, they also found she owned a Range Rover worth PS40,000 and her social housing property was fitted out with a brand new kitchen.

Police were suspicious because she had previously worked parttime and had been off on maternity leave for some time while claiming benefits.

Officers from the Payback Team at West Midlands Police's Economic Crime Unit probed her bank transactions and betting accounts and could find no evidence of her landing any bumper winnings.

The money will now go into the public purse.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 16, 2016
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