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Escort service driver Ian Goalen ordered to hand over £6,500

Margaret Paterson, Ian Goalen and Robert Munro Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Margaret Paterson, Ian Goalen and Robert Munro were found guilty in 2013

A man who drove prostitutes in Edinburgh to their dates with customers has been ordered to hand over £6,500 to prosecutors.

Ian Goalen, 60, from East Lothian, was ordered to hand the cash over following a proceeds of crime hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He worked for Scots vice boss Margaret Paterson, 61, and her business partner Robert Munro, also 61.

The pair ran a £1.2m escorts business in Edinburgh's West End.

When police raided Peterson's home in the city in September 2011, detectives discovered £200,000 in cash and sex toys.

They also found evidence which established that Paterson, who earned the nickname "Madam Moneybags", had spent £500,000 on designer handbags, shoes and clothes in some of Scotland's most exclusive shops.

Criminal activities

Paterson and Munro were both jailed for five years in July 2013, while Goalen was ordered to perform 150 hours community service.

On Monday, Goalen, from North Berwick, agreed to hand over £6,500 to Crown Office lawyers.

Police said he drove women to meetings with clients in Edinburgh, Glasgow, West Lothian, and Newcastle Upon Tyne. Before becoming a driver, Goalen had been sacked from his bank manager job for gross misconduct.

Prosecution advocate Barry Divers told the court that investigators had established that Goalen had made £6,500 from criminal activities.

Judge Lord Armstrong ordered Goalen to pay the sum to the sheriff clerk's office at Haddington Sheriff Court within six months.

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