Bureau boss is jailed for £170m scam
A BUREAU de change boss who recruited his wife and son to help launder nearly £170m of criminal cash has been jailed for nine years.
Ussama El-Kurd, 64, known as ‘Sammy the Kurd’ in underworld circles, was on bail pending an appeal for a previous conviction when he set up the business in 2006.
He enlisted his wife Randa, 51, and son Husain, 22, to help run the Kensington Money Exchange in upmarket Notting Hill, west London.
Their efforts allowed the proceeds of drug dealing, violent robberies and other major crimes to be spent freely by offenders.
The Palestinian-born family may have helped to wash at least £169m until they were shut down in 2010, say authorities.
El-Kurd ( above) wept as he was led away to the cells to begin his jail term.
His wife was jailed for ten months for turning a ‘blind eye’ to his deception.
Student Husain also received a ten-month jail term.
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