Cou­ple are jailed af­ter £56k in cash is found stuffed in back of ve­hi­cle

Hus­band and wife sen­tenced over used bank notes

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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.”

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