On 2nd October 2019 a Levenshulme man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years imprisonment for money laundering offences at the Crown Court at Manchester.
Jamshed Bhatti, 60, formerly of Stockport Road, Manchester was convicted of laundering £3.5M on behalf of criminal associates based in Pakistan.
Following a raid on his premises conducted by officers of HMRC, banking ledgers and payment slips were found which implicated Bhatti in a Controller-Led Money Laundering Scheme.
In addition he was found in possession of £51k in cash. Bhatti had declared that he had no taxable income for years.
During a trial in September 2019 the Court heard from a specialist investigator, DS Simon Protheroe Jones of the Metropolitan Police, that the arrangements bore the hallmark of being a scheme to move criminal proceeds across international borders. Tim Storrie prosecuted for Christopher Williams of the Specialist Fraud Division of CPS.
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