A BARNSLEY man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after he failed to pay back the illegal proceeds from his money laundering crime.

Shane Darlington, 28, from Barnsley was sentenced under the Proceeds of Crime Act after failing to pay back the money the courts demanded.

Shane was convicted of money-laundering in 2010 and went to prison for two years - police recovered £147,000 of his money and, in 2011,  a confiscation order was made against him where the court ordered that he pay a further £90,000 or go back to prison.

He only paid £30,000 of the full amount.

At the latest hearing, a judge said that Shane should have sold his house to pay back the cash and that he was 'stalling'.

Detective Constable Steve Ramsbottom said: “Shane Darlington was probably expecting the court hearing to be adjourned allowing him time to pay. He was not expecting his day to end in prison.

"Once the balance of £60,000 is paid, he will be released. However, if he refuses to pay or cannot find the funds then the 12 month sentence will stay in force and the balance will still be outstanding on his release.

"The funding must come from a legitimate source or this money could also be seized and the balance will still be outstanding.

"South Yorkshire Police will have taken £237,000 from Shane Darlington and he could serve three years imprisonment for his crimes. Should he come into further money in the future, we still have the powers to seize up to a further £200,000.

"For anyone thinking that crime pays they should think again as it can mean not only a prison sentence, but also prove very costly in paying back what they have gained from illegal activities.”