Elec­tri­cian laun­dered crim­i­nals’ stolen £85k

Accrington Observer - - RED-HOT STANLEY ON THE BRINK OF GLORY - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

ASELF-EM­PLOYED elec­tri­cian who laun­dered £85,000 of stolen cash for or­gan­ised crim­i­nals through his bank ac­count has been jailed.

Atiq ur Rehman, of Black­burn Road, Ac­cring­ton, re­ceived the cash in a busi­ness ac­count and ‘quickly’ si­phoned off the money by with­draw­ing large sums from banks in Ac­cring­ton and Black­burn.

The dad-of-three pleaded guilty on the day of trial at Pre­ston Crown Court to con­vert­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty and was jailed for 12 months.

Pros­e­cu­tor Anna Ch­est­nutt said the money had been stolen from a bank ac­count on Jan­uary 12, 2016.

The Co-op Bank re­ceived a call from an un­known per­son falsely pur­port­ing to be the owner of the ac­count who suc­cess­fully an­swered all the se­cu­rity ques­tions to ac­cess the ac­count.

The of­fender then trans­ferred the £85,000 to an ac­count call ARN Traders - set up by Rehman four months ear­lier to run a ‘side­line’ elec­tri­cal goods busi­ness.

Miss Ch­est­nutt said Rehman made seven sep­a­rate with­drawals or trans­fers be­tween Jan­uary 14 to Jan­uary 19 to clear the money from his ac­count and he re­ceived £1,151 for his ser­vices.

The court heard how Rehman trans­ferred £49,950 to a Chi­nese con­struc­tion bank ac­count and also used £5,981 in Thomp­sons travel agent to buy €7,000. He vis­ited Lloyds Bank in Ac­cring­ton on two oc­ca­sions to with­draw more than £16,000, Hal­i­fax bank in Ac­cring­ton to with­draw £500 and Lloyds bank in Black­burn to take out £9,500.

Miss Ch­est­nutt said Rehman pre­sented his pass­port and driv­ing li­cence on some oc­ca­sions to with­draw the cash and was also cap­tured on CCTV.

When the de­fen­dant was ques­tioned by po­lice he claimed to have been ap­proached by a lo­cal busi­ness­man ‘who en­gaged him’. Miss Ch­est­nutt said it has ‘never been the Crown’s case’ that Rehman made the ini­tial call to the Co-op to ac­cess the vic­tim’s ac­count but that the prose­cu­tion say he in­stead played a ‘key role in dis­si­pat­ing funds to­wards the end’.

In a state­ment read out at court the vic­tim said he was ‘very con­cerned’ about his ‘breach of pri­vacy’ and is ‘fear­ful this could hap­pen again’.

He said: “The knowl- edge an in­di­vid­ual or more likely in­di­vid­u­als had my per­sonal de­tails for years prior to the of­fence is wor­ry­ing in the ex­treme.”

Atiq ur Rehman with­drew cash from the Hal­i­fax and Lloyds branches in Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre as well as trans­fer­ring cash else­where

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