Ex-teacher who laundered drug cash is struck off
AFORMER maths teacher who admitted handling her husband’s drug money has been struck off for good.
Fatimah Ahmed, 31, who taught at Poynton High School, was given a two-year suspended sentence for money laundering in March last year.
She was suspended from the Yew Tree Lane school when the allega- tions first emerged and later resigned.
Now she has been banned from teaching ‘indefinitely’ following a professional conduct hearing.
The panel deemed Ahmed’s offence too serious to ever let her return to the classroom.
She is also banned from teaching in any youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
The panel said they were concerned by Ahmed’s lack of remorse, despite her guilty plea in court. A report of the hearing, carried out by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “We are very troubled that Ms Ahmed continues to assert that she was not guilty of the offence despite entering a guilty plea before the Crown Court.
“It may be that it simply indicates she does not display any insight into the gravity of her behaviour.
“Although we listened carefully to Ms Ahmed give evidence to the hearing we did not detect any real determination on her part to ensure that there is no likelihood of her being involved in any such similar conduct in the future – especially if led astray by others.”
Ahmed, who lived in Woodsmoor in Stockport at the time of her offence, pleaded guilty to concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property, after £7,000 was discovered in her bank account.
Her husband Mohazzam Ali, 37, was sent to jail after admitting a series of drug-dealing and possession charges.
She claimed she was ‘duped’ by her husband yet continued her relationship with him until he was sent to jail, the hearing heard.
The panel said that laundering drug money was regarded as ‘ abhorrent’ and ‘totally incompatible’ with remaining as a member of the teaching profession.
Paul Heathcoat, the final decision maker in the hearing, also ruled Ahmed could never apply to return to teaching again.
The panel ruled: “For the same reasons we cannot conceive that there will ever be a time when it can be realistic or right for Ms Ahmed to be allowed to return to the classroom to teach and interact with pupils.”
●● Fatimah Ahmed was given a suspended jail sentence for money laundering last year