Bureau boss is jailed for £170m scam

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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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