A man convicted of running a brothel in Maidenhead has now been ordered to pay more than £100,000 in a confiscation order.

Michael Emmanuel Adekoya, 36, of Kilmington Close had the order made against him following a hearing at Reading Crown Court, which concluded on February 17. 

Adekoya was ordered to pay £116,270.00 within three months and told that if he is unable to pay he will have to serve a one year prison sentence.

Adekoya played a major part in the running of two brothels, between November 2009 and May 2013, one on Cookham Road, Maidenhead and a second on King Street, Maidenhead.

In November 2012, Thames Valley Police had executed a warrant at the Cookham Road premises to discover that it was operating as a brothel. A man and woman were arrested and bailed.  

Enquiries made by police established that the premises had been rented in false details.

The defendant Adekoya was eventually identified paying rental monies in at various banks. In May 2013, police established that the premises had moved to Kings Street, Maidenhead and again rented using false details.

In June 2013, police executed a further warrant at this new premises and arrested the defendant at his home address.

The defendant was charged in January 2014 and on January 7, 2016 at Reading Crown Court, he was found guilty, by jury on two counts of managing or assisting in the management of the two brothels, under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

On January 29, 2016 Adekoya was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment at Reading Crown Court, suspended for 18 months, and a ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.

At an earlier hearing on July 31, 2015 Patricia Mills, 45, from Torrington Park, London was sentenced and an given a community order at Reading Crown Court having pleaded guilty for her part in assisting in the management of these brothels.

No evidence was offered against the other male arrested and he was acquitted.

At the confiscation hearing Adekoya was adjudged to be responsible for his share, deemed to be half the benefit of money in the confiscation hearing.

Det Insp Gavin Tyrrell of the Economic Crime Unit said: “This substantial confiscation order demonstrates that after conviction, Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service will seek to ensure that defendants will not benefit from their criminal activities.

“The defendant had clearly benefited as a result of his ‘criminal lifestyle’, in his part in the running of these two brothels.  The Proceeds of Crime Act enables us to deprive criminals of what has been obtained from their crimes on top of any sentences imposed by the courts.”