Money laun­derer claimed he won lot­tery... 123 times

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A MONEY laun­derer who claimed he paid for his house by win­ning the lot­tery 123 times has been or­dered to re­pay al­most £500,000.

Ca­reer crim­i­nal Kashaf Ali Khan was told to pay back £480,000 un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act within three months or to go prison for fourand-a-half years.

Khan, 44, was con­victed of two counts of money laun­der­ing last year and sen­tenced to 22 months in prison, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Na­tional Crime Agency. He has since been re­leased.

At his trial, his fa­ther, Ma­lik Ab­dul­lah Fa­rooq, 81, said his son bought the house, on Prospect Lane, Soli­hull, with money he gave him from the 123 prize-win­ning tick­ets from the Pak­istan Prize Bond Draw be­tween July 2012 and Fe­bru­ary 2013.

The NCA em­ployed an ex­pert statis­ti­cian who said Khan’s fa­ther’s ‘good luck’ was as un­likely as win­ning the UK Na­tional Lot­tery jack­pot 40 weeks run­ning. Khan ad­mit­ted he used laun­dered money to pay for his £412,000 house as well as us­ing crim­i­nal cash to pay an ear­lier money laun­der­ing con­vic­tion. Dur­ing a Pro­ceeds of Crime Act hear­ing at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court, the court was told Khan had ben­e­fited from £673,857.89 of crim­i­nal cash, which was the value of his Prospect Lane home and crim­i­nal money he used to re­pay a pre­vi­ous con­fis­ca­tion or­der in 2010. The con­fis­ca­tion or­der rep­re­sents the value of the house which is cur­rently val­ued at £480,000. Adam Warnock, NCA Com­man­der, said: “This or­der should send a clear mes­sage that we will pur­sue all crim­i­nally ob­tained as­sets and pre­vent life­styles funded through crim­i­nal en­ter­prises. “Khan is a ca­reer crim­i­nal who has ben­e­fited sig­nif­i­cantly from the pro­ceeds of that ac­tiv­ity.”

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