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dirty money Woman who wired £6k to boyfriend wanted in connection with gangland shooting spared jail

25-year-old Annie Webster wired £6,066.85 to Shawn O’Malley who fled the UK after a house was sprayed with bullets in September 2019

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Annie Webster told police her relationship with O'Malley had ended in 2019

Annie Webster told police her relationship with O'Malley had ended in 2019

Annie Webster told police her relationship with O'Malley had ended in 2019

A woman has pleaded guilty to sending ‘dirty money’ to her on-the-run boyfriend who is wanted in connection with a gangland shooting in Bolton, England.

25-year-old Annie Webster wired £6,066.85 to Shawn O’Malley who fled the UK after a house was sprayed with bullets in September 2019.

O’Malley flew to Dubai while on licence from prison, but has since returned to the UK where he has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to discharge a firearm.

It has been reported that O’Malley is a well known gangster who has links to Warrington underworld figure Leon Cullen.

When police spoke to Webster at home in January 2020 she claimed she had split from her partner the previous year, and even though she had visited the United Arab Emirates city, she had not been in contact with him.

Two months later the police revisited Webster at her home, this time with a warrant.

During a search they uncovered a money transfer receipt for £962.56, money transfer documents in her name, receipts for a Dubai law firm, her passport, an Emirates boarding pass in her name, and another money transfer receipt.

In a follow-up investigation, police found she had sent the £962.56 to the UAE and sent 5,000 Dirhams (currency of the UAE) to a Dubai law firm.

The police also found Webster sent £3,900 to the UAE in February 2020.

During questioning about the money being sent to the UAE and her relationship with O’Malley, Webster declined to comment.

In January of this year she pleaded guilty to concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property, and at Bolton crown Court on Tuesday she was sentenced to a two-year community order and to take part in a 25-day rehabilitation program.

O’Malley will be sentenced later this year.

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