Asim Altaf Rathore, 43, of Wood Street, Walthamstow, and Ibrar Alam, 43, of Salford, Greater Manchester, were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court yesterday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Some of the cash the men laundered. Some of the cash the men laundered.

Two money launderers who helped hide at least £1.7m in criminal earnings have been spared jail.

Asim Altaf Rathore, 43, of Wood Street in Walthamstow, and accomplice, Ibrar Alam, 43, of Salford, Greater Manchester, were responsible for the collection of cash from organised criminal groups in north west England and Scotland.

To avoid attracting the attention of the authorities the money was divided into smaller amounts and paid into numerous bank accounts.

Rathore was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for a year, and 100 hours of unpaid work, while Alam received a six month sentence, suspended for 18 months, plus a curfew and 150 hours of unpaid work.

“Rathore and Alam were providing a service designed to enrich themselves and enable criminal groups in different parts of the UK to evade the attention of authorities,” the National Crime Agency’s Greg McKenna said.

Legitimate business accounts, including payments for the supply of goods to Pakistan, and personal accounts held by students studying in the UK were used by the pair.

The laundering operation ended in April 2012 when officers arrested an accomplice of Rathore and Alam who was in possession of a bag containing £123,000 in English and Scottish banknotes.

The holdall also contained a ledger which revealed more than £1.7m-worth of money laundering.

Alam was arrested on the same day the bag was seized and Rathore was apprehended and charged following an investigation analysing mobile phone contact between the pair.

Both men pleaded guilty.

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9:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

chingford lad says...

There is no justice in this world.
There is no justice in this world. chingford lad
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10:09am Tue 11 Mar 14

tjm01 says...

And they say crime dosnt pay
And they say crime dosnt pay tjm01
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10:51am Tue 11 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

the enrichment of society knows no bounds
the enrichment of society knows no bounds SillyCnut
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12:08pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Incredible. No doubt this money came from drug dealing and the misery it causes, people have had houses burgled and been mugged and once the police have got to the source they effectively walk away scot free. The courts are ready you gaol pensioners who cannot pay their TV licence or Council Tax, what a sham logic system we often have where the crooks win.
Incredible. No doubt this money came from drug dealing and the misery it causes, people have had houses burgled and been mugged and once the police have got to the source they effectively walk away scot free. The courts are ready you gaol pensioners who cannot pay their TV licence or Council Tax, what a sham logic system we often have where the crooks win. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

12:04am Wed 12 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Incredible. No doubt this money came from drug dealing and the misery it causes, people have had houses burgled and been mugged and once the police have got to the source they effectively walk away scot free. The courts are ready you gaol pensioners who cannot pay their TV licence or Council Tax, what a sham logic system we often have where the crooks win.
Shambolic
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Incredible. No doubt this money came from drug dealing and the misery it causes, people have had houses burgled and been mugged and once the police have got to the source they effectively walk away scot free. The courts are ready you gaol pensioners who cannot pay their TV licence or Council Tax, what a sham logic system we often have where the crooks win.[/p][/quote]Shambolic Villagecranberry
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