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Accountant jailed for laundering drugs money

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  • 02/12/2011
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A Manchester accountant has been jailed for laundering more than £1.2m for an international drug dealer, partly through property deals and living a luxury lifestyle in Wilmslow in Cheshire.

Malcolm Carle, (pictured left) 57, helped his boss Walter Callinan (pictured right) process money from importing and selling cannabis and bought a £1.2m hotel with the cash, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Police reportedly found evidence of a cash receipt of £973,000 in cash and details on the purchase of the Hadley Green Bowling Inn near Worcester.

Carle used the money to follow Chelsea FC around the world, drive a Jaguar and even took out a secret loan against the hotel to finance his own property purchase.

He was jailed for six years at Winchester Crown Court after admitting three offences of money laundering on 15 November.

His accomplice, Walter Callinan, 59, who lived in a mansion in Malaga, was sentenced to 11 years for two drug-dealing offences, five counts of money laundering and two passport offences.

When police raided Carle’s home they found more than £10,000 in cash and uncovered a complex network of trusts and overseas companies, so well concealed the Serious Organised Crime Agency had failed to find them, according to evidence.

The clerk of Winchester Court confirmed the proceeds of crime investigation is still ongoing.

Five co-defendants were also jailed for their part in the drug scam.

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