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Toni Muldoon, 66, was told by judge Rupert Overbury at Ipswich Crown Court that he was a "thoroughly dishonest, manipulative and mean individual". He ran bogus companies which duped people into ing up for non-existent escort work or debt elimination scams.

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Five other gang members were jailed for their part in the fraud. Efforts will now be made to seize the gang's assets through the courts. Bradley Rogers, 29, from Malaga, was jailed for two years and 10 months after being found guilty of money laundering.

He was given a month sentence, suspended for two years. Jeffrey Owens, 64, of Colyford, Devon, had already admitted money laundering. Bell was sentenced to six years and six months, Samuels to five years and six months and French to six years and five months.

He ran bogus companies which duped people into ing up for non-existent escort work or debt elimination scams. Toni Muldoon, 66, was told by judge Rupert Overbury at Ipswich Crown Court that he was a "thoroughly dishonest, manipulative and mean individual". Former West Yorkshire Police detective Christopher Taylor, 57 of Wakefield, was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for money laundering.

Mark Bell, 41, from Westerfield, near Ipswich, Colin Samuels, 62, of Redgrave, Suffolk, and Geraldine French, 60, from Spain, were each found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to defraud. More on this story.

The judge said he had sacrificed his "reputation and good name" for money. Both Rogers and Taylor had been cleared of conspiracy to defraud.