A DRUG gangster’s girlfriend who used some of his money to buy an £18,000 Mercedes told police she thought he had earned it working as a window cleaner.
Kiera Waldie treated herself to a Mercedes C-Class after falling in love ‘with the wrong sort of man’, a court has heard.
Her finances came under scrutiny after officers recovered £200,000 worth of cocaine plus £30,000 in cash during raids on Mark Smith’s Greater Manchester-based gang in 2015.
Among items seized from the couple’s home in Tyldesley was the car, which was registered in working mum Waldie’s name.
Police later found five cash payments from Smith into her bank account, totalling £11,000.
The 29-year-old — mum to Smith’s two-year-old daughter — told police the cash came from his window cleaning round — but later accepted she had turned a ‘blind eye’ to his crimes.
Waldie, who has 13 GCSEs and a masters degree in human resources management, admitted two counts of converting criminal property at Manchester crown court yesterday.
Her lawyer Nicola Gatto said Waldie ‘allowed herself to be sucked in’ after meeting Smith, 27, in a bar in 2014. He is serving nine years for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Sentencing Waldie to seven months’ jail, suspended for two years, recorder Karen Brody said: ‘You had your head turned by this man. I am sure you wish you had never met him.’ She also ordered her to complete 200 hours unpaid work.