Cash stashed in the toi­let

Man found guilty over fake to­bacco and laun­dered money

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A 42-year-old man from Hayes has been found guilty of money laun­der­ing and pos­sess­ing coun­ter­feit to­bacco.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards team found Har­mo­han Singh Nang­pal was in pos­ses­sion of a huge amount of fake and non­duty paid to­bacco and cig­a­rettes.

Cash worth more than £50,000 was also found in Nang­pal’s toi­let, rub­bish bin, un­der his mat­tress and other parts of his home in Lang­dale Drive.

More than 1,000 pack­ets of cig­a­rettes were seized from his garage along with more than 1,000 pouches of to­bacco with fake Marl­boro, Ben­son and Hedges and Golden Vir­ginia lo­gos.

Hilling­don Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, said: “It is de­plorable that Nang­pal was sell­ing untested, un­reg­u­lated and il­le­gal to­bacco prod­ucts to un­wit­ting cus­tomers.

“I am proud to re­port that Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers con­ducted a thor­ough and in-depth in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties and helped bring him to jus­tice.”

Nang­pal had pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of the to­bacco but not guilty to money laun­der­ing.

He was con­victed by a jury at Isle­worth Crown Court on Septem­ber 29.

The pros­e­cu­tion said the £50,000 was ob­tained through the sale of the il­le­gal to­bacco and that Nang­pal had used the money to buy his house.

Hilling­don Coun­cil is now us­ing the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act to re­cover the money he made by trad­ing coun­ter­feit goods.

He will be sen­tenced in 2017.

STASH: Coun­ter­feit to­bacco and cig­a­rettes seized at the scene

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