Smug­gler’s gold sold for £2.2m

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

GOLD be­long­ing to a Hilling­don crime boss has been sold at auc­tion rais­ing £2.2mil­lion for tax­pay­ers.

Chaudry 62, of Coop­er­field Av­enue, Hilling­don, was the mas­ter­mind of a £9m smug­gling plot that was bro­ken up by po­lice and HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms.

Ali was jailed for nine years in 2012 and his loot of 150 ki­los of smug­gled gold was sold off by Wil­sons Auc­tions, in Belfast, last month.

Kevin Newe, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of HMRC’s Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice, said: “We are pleased to have se­cured such a large amount of cash for the tax­payer and pub­lic fi­nances.

“This is money needed to fund the lo­cal ser­vices we all need and rely on. Ali thought his plans were foolproof but he hadn’t fac­tored in the ex­per­tise of our in­ves­ti­ga­tors and their abil­ity to un­cover fraud – how­ever well it may be dis­guised.

“HMRC will al­ways look to re­cover the ill­got­ten gains of crim­i­nals and use a va­ri­ety of meth­ods to do so.”

The sale in­cluded lots

Ali, of Asian gold bracelets, neck­laces, rings, a statue and gold bars.

Ali has also been or­dered to pay back £4.3 mil­lion of his crim­i­nal prof­its or serve an ex­tra 10 years be­hind bars.

Fur­ther ac­tion to re­cover the re­main­ing crim­i­nal prof­its is be­ing taken by sell­ing prop­er­ties and land worth nearly £2m owned by Ali in Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don.

n SELL-OFF: Some of the gold that was smug­gled into the UK by Chaudry Ali (right)

n EM­PLOY­MENT OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Aviva De­vel­op­ment, in Bel­mont Road

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