A team of investigators from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), based in Tachbrook, Leamington, worked closely with detectives in South Wales to convict Swansea lawyer Benjamin Jason Cornelius of fraud, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed for four years and eight months after the court heard how he had secured mortgage advances and laundered the proceeds of crime through the purchase of properties for his friend David Carl Richards.

Richards was convicted of drug trafficking in July 2010 and is now serving a 12-year sentence.

After sentence was passed Detective Superintendent Chris Dodd, who co-ordinated the investigation said: “It is completely correct that any legal or financial professional who gives assistance or support to drug dealers – goes to prison. Without dishonest solicitors, accountants and financial advisers, criminals would find it much harder to hide or try to legitimise their criminal property in order to retain it.”

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