Search

West Hampstead brothel madam ordered to pay back more than £1.3million

07:00 28 March 2013

Li Ying, of Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, was found to have made £1,338,891 from running brothels.

Li Ying, of Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, was found to have made £1,338,891 from running brothels.

Archant

A woman who ran 12 brothels across London has been ordered to pay more than £1.3million – or face another five years in jail.

Li Ying, of Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, made £1,338,891.05 from running brothels in Camden, Barnet. Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Wandsworth, as well as in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, over six years, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mondey laundering

The 47-year-old – who was jailed after being found guilty of controlling prostitution, concealing criminal property and three counts of money laundering at the same court in July 2011 – was told on Friday she must pay a confiscation order for the full amount she made within six months, or serve an additional five years in prison after her current sentence is complete. She must also provide full documentation of her bank accounts and financial transactions every six months for eight years.

Ying’s empire was discovered after officers came across a safe deposit box containing £150,000 and her fake passport at the Hampstead Safe Depository, Finchley Road, in June 2008.

She was arrested and admitted the money was hers, but provided no explanation for where it had come from, and was released on police bail.

Further investigation revealed a network of brothels, each one operating under a hierarchical system with a number of key players, including Ying, running each one.

A parallel money laundering investigation then led to the freezing of £96,000 in a bank account owned by Ying and identified a further £220,000 which had been transferred to a bank account abroad over the past five years.

Ying was rearrested and charged in April 2009 – but not before she had attempted to conceal nearly half a million pounds more of her ill-gotten gains from police by withdrawing it in cash or transferring it to China.

Investigating officer Det Con Richard Johnson, of the specialist and economic crime command, said: “Ying attempted to hide the money she made from running brothels using numerous aliases and bank accounts, and by desperately trying to move the money out of the country when she knew police were on to her.

“Clearly Ying did not figure on us carrying out the extensive and protracted analysis of her bank accounts that we did, in order to identify the extent of her financial benefit from her crime.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 09:09

A teenager has been jailed for rape and attempted murder after stabbing a 15-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex with him in Hampstead Cemetery.

Fri, 17:05

Murdered children’s author Helen Bailey lived for 20 years in Highgate before moving to Hertfordshire to be with the lover who turned out to be killer.

Fri, 14:22

Police have released CCTV footage after a woman was sexually assaulted outside Golders Green station.

Fri, 12:06

Police are appealing for information after four men were admitted to hospital after being slashed in an “unprovoked” knife attack after a night out in Muswell Hill.

Fri, 11:03

A state school is making waves in sailing after being accepted to enter the Rolex Fastnet Offshore race in August.

Thu, 17:30

Euston station has been closed because of overcrowding and disruption caused by Storm Doris.

Thu, 16:00

Children dressed as Voldemort and characters from 1984 are planning to descend on East Finchley Library to stage a World Book Day protest against Barnet Council’s “ridiculous” and “dangerously unsafe” libraries policy.

Thu, 14:30

Council tax in Camden is set to rise by an extra 1 per cent – on top of the previously planned 3.99pc increase.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now