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Money laundering Porsche driver and accomplice had £200k stuffed into shopping bags

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 12/10/2018 12:29:23 Andy Richardson
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Two men pleaded guilty to money laundering offences after HM Revenue and Customs investigators discovered nearly £200,000 stuffed in two bags.

Mukhtar Hussain, 51, of Gilbert Road, Smethwick and Abdul Hassan, 29, of Burnage Lane, Manchester, were stopped by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators and found to be carrying a total of £198,890 in bags.

Hussain was seen by HMRC investigators receiving a holdall type bag. He was then stopped a short while later whilst driving his Porsche Cayenne in the Fallowfield area of Manchester in October 2015.

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He had a large holdall containing £100,040 in cash on the back seat of the car and was subsequently arrested.

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Days later Abdul Hassan was also seen receiving a holdall bag in the Burnage Lane area of Manchester. A short while later officers of HMRC entered Hassan's flat and recovered the holdall which was found to contain £98,850 in cash resulting in the arrest of Hassan.

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Hussain claimed that the money was related to his business as a rag trader, while Hassan refused to provide any explanation for the cash other than his cousin in Pakistan asked him to collect some cash.

HMRC investigators searched Hussain's house and found a further £13,980 in cash concealed in his loft.

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HMRC seized the cash, which was forfeited.

Tony Capon, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: "These men each had around four times the average UK wage in cash in a bag - neither could properly explain where all this cash came from.

"Money laundering supports organised crime by helping serious criminals to try and hide their illegal cash. We will use all available resources to stop criminals from profiting from their illegal actions. Anyone with information about this type of crime can report it to HMRC online, or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887."

Hussain and Hussan both pleaded guilty to money laundering and received 21 month sentences suspended for two years.

They were also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.


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