A GANGSTER’S wife who lived a “champagne lifestyle” off the proceeds of her husband’s life as a violent armed robber has been jailed for 12 months for money laundering.
A court yesterday heard the full extent of the luxurious lives of Maxine Valentine and feared crime boss Dennis Slade.
The couple bought a £73,000 car owned by the pop star Jamiroquai, holidayed in
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star hotels, flew to Cannes for shopping trips, privately educate their five children and lived in a £1m house in one of the most exclusive street in Leeds.
Valentine, of Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, was jailed after admitting to a charge relating to acquiring, using or having possession of criminal property between April 2005 and March 2008.
Her husband is already serving a life sentence for robbery and conspiracy to murder following a major West Yorkshire Police operation.
Paul Greaney, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court how the pair were married in the 1998 and lived with their five children in the Spanish resort of Puerto Banus between 2001 and 2005 before returning to West Yorkshire.
They rented a £2,200 a month house on Norfolk Road, Harrogate, before moving to the lavish home on Sandmoor Drive.
Mr Greaney said the ownership of the property was disguised in the name of one of Slade’s associates but “in truth it belonged to Dennis Slade himself”.
The couple spent £110,000 over a three year period on sending their five children to a well known fee paying independent school in North Yorkshire.
The barrister said the couple owned a Bentley Continental which had originally belonged to pop star Jamirouquai.
The vehicle was first seen parked on the couple’s drive on Valentine’s birthday on April 27, 2007.
It had the registration plate 30MV.
Mr Greaney said it was obvious that Slade had bought it for his wife’s birthday.
The couple also had use of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, worth £53, 000.
Lavish spending over a three year period included spending £16,000 in 2006 on trips to Dubai where Valentine boasted on Facebook that she had use of a butler.
Valentine and her children also visited Portugal, Paris, Spain and Ibiza as well as a family trip to St Tropez where they had use of a villa and a yatch.
During 2007 £15,000 was spent of trips to Geneva, Spain, Florida and a stay at Claridges.
Luxury goods found at their home included a mobile phone worth £2,350. Valentine also had Christian Doir and Chanel store cards which were used regularly including spending 2,000 Euros in a handbag.