A Manchester man in the UK has been jailed after he was caught driving around with more than £150,000 of ‘dirty’ cash stuffed in carrier bags.
Amir Khan, 40, refused to say where the money had come from.
Khan, from Cheetham Hill, handed the cash to two associates in October 2018 but all three were being watched by HM Revenue and Customs investigators.
They were stopped and the cash was seized.
Shabir Kharal, 63, a builder from Bolton, was found with more than £64,000 of the cash while Sohail Bham, 44, a courier from Bradford, had more than £97,000 in his car.
Investigators seized more than half a million pounds in cash (Image: Getty Images)
Investigators searched Khan’s home and found more bundles of bank notes totalling £403,750 as well as a cash-counting machine.
The three men were arrested but refused to answer questions about the cash.
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Unemployed Khan, also known as Azar Khan Abar, of Amina Road in Cheetham Hill, was jailed for four years and ten months after he pleaded guilty to being concerned in an arrangement which he knew or suspected facilitated money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002).
Shabir Kharal, a self-employed builder, of Harper Green Road, Bolton, was handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community and 15 days of rehabilitation activity.
Sohail Bham, a self-employed courier, of Nicola Court, Bradford, was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence after he admitted possessing criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He was ordered to complete five days of rehabilitation activity and 150 hours unpaid work in the community.
After the hearing, a spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs spokesperson said: “Money laundering funds organised crime. We will not hesitate to seize the proceeds of crime and investigate anyone involved.
“Anyone with information about tax fraud can report it to HMRC online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”
All of the cash seized was forfeited at uncontested earlier hearings at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.