Money launderer is ordered to repay more than £200,000 or face jail (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Riddlesden money launderer is ordered to repay more than £200,000 or face jail
Wasim Karim, of Westfield Crescent, Riddlesden, has been told to repay £211,651.18 within six months or go to prison for another two years and eight months.
Karim was previously sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for money laundering and perverting the course of justice, following a lengthy investigation by the Bradford POCA Investigation Team, which was commended by the judge for its thoroughness.
The order to repay the cash was made a hearing last Friday.
In February 2008, Karim bought a Westfield Crescent property for £220,000 cash, allegedly using 'contributions' from friends and family. This purchase was investigated and it was found all the money had come from Karim.
Four more house purchases by Karim were investigated and it was found money originating from Karim had been ‘washed’ through many accounts belonging to relatives and friends.
Detective Sergeant Karen Milner, of the Bradford POCA Investigation Team, said: "We welcome the significant sum that Karim has been ordered to pay which we hope demonstrates to others that crime does not pay and that we will continue to pursue those who benefit from criminal means, even after the judge has passed sentence.
"If the public are suspicious about the wealth and lifestyle of anyone they know they should report their concerns in confidence either via 101, in person at their local police station or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. We will investigate those concerns and if we suspect criminality then we will take robust action."
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, added: “This case is for a significant amount of money and demonstrates yet again how important it is we get more of the money seized from criminals in West Yorkshire kept here and invested back into tackling crime.
“These ill-gotten gains of criminals will be invested back into our communities to keep them safer and feeling safer.
“I thank West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors for all their hard work in using the powers available to them to ensure this money comes back into those communities affected by crime.
“I will continue to lobby government and try to get more of the money seized from criminals back here where it belongs in communities affected by crime and would urge people to sign my Proceeds of Crime Act petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52046.”