Couple are jailed after £56k in cash is found stuffed in back of vehicle
Husband and wife sentenced over used bank notes
Muhammad Islam, 53, of Topsham Road, Tooting, was convicted following a five-day trial at Aylesbury Crown Court of one count of money laundering and three counts of handling stolen goods.
His wife Saima Shahzadi, 38, also of Topsham Road, Tooting, was convicted at the same court of perverting the course of justice.
On October 7 2014, a vehicle was stopped on the M40, near Denham, which contained £56,000 in used bank notes stuffed into bin liners in the back of the car.
The vehicle was registered to Islam, who lives in the Tooting area of London.
A search of his address resulted in the recovery of three stolen computers and evidence that he had disposed of £230,000 of criminal funds in the fortnight prior to his arrest.
During the course of a search, Shahzadi attempted to hide a shoebox full of incriminating banking material inside a tumble dryer.
Islam was found guilty of money laundering and was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment.
He received an additional 18 months for handling stolen goods – six months per stolen computer – to run consecutively.
Shahzadi was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and received eight months imprisonment.
Both had been charged on November 30 2015.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Rob Gibson, based at Aylesbury Police Station, said: “This case demonstrates that Thames Valley Police is committed and capable of dealing with organised criminal groups operating within our force area.”