Cabin crew mem­ber jailed for money laun­der­ing £150,000

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A MALAYSIAN Air­lines cabin crew mem­ber has been jailed for a year for money laun­der­ing af­ter he was caught try­ing to get on a flight at Heathrow Air­port with £150,000 in cash.

Muhamad Aziz was caught with £100,000 in cash in a roller bag, while he hid £50,000 in­side his black suit car­rier as he was go­ing to get on a flight to Kuala Lumpur.

The Na­tional Crime Agency took swabs from the cash Aziz, from Se­lan­gor in Malaysia, had con­cealed and found that it had traces of co­caine.

The flight at­ten­dant, with 15 years ex­pe­ri­ence, told of­fi­cers he had brought that money in to the coun­try on a flight the pre­vi­ous day and had ex­pected to visit Har­rods to spend the money on hand­bags and sun­glasses.

How­ever, the 37-year-old claimed he was too tired to go shop­ping, de­spite hav­ing two re­ceipts from Pri­mark in his wal­let, dated on the same day.

He also had a cus­tomer reg­is­tra­tion card for a Malaysian money ex­change bureau.

He was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of money laun­der­ing, and pleaded guilty to the charge on Thurs­day Novem­ber 22 at Isle­worth Crown Court.

The judge sen­tenced him to 12 months in prison.

Ian Truby, op­er­a­tions man­ager for the NCA at Heathrow, said: “The story Aziz told us was so far fetched as to be al­most laugh­able.

“He was a cabin crew mem­ber for 15 years and would well have known the reg­u­la­tions about car­ry­ing cash into and out of the coun­try.

“It seems that he de­cided to use that em­ploy­ment as a cover for his crim­i­nal­ity.

“Or­gan­ised crim­i­nals rely on cash couri­ers like Aziz to move their prof­its around – his was a key role in a long crim­i­nal chain – so tack­ling this il­licit flow of money is a pri­or­ity for us and our part­ners.

“The money found here will be for­feited un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.”

Nick Jari­walla, di­rec­tor of Bor­der Force at Heathrow, said: “Bor­der Force of­fi­cers work with law en­force­ment col­leagues like the NCA to tackle the flow of il­licit funds and this is an­other ex­am­ple of where that joint work­ing has helped take thou­sands of pounds of po­ten­tially crim­i­nal cash out of cir­cu­la­tion. Any cash which is sub- se­quently for­feited is then re­turned to the pub­lic purse”

Muhamad Aziz

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