Suspected cash worth £ 300,000 seized from UK home of Indian origin couple


Crime prevention authorities in Britain recovered more than £ 300,000 in cash from an Indian-origin couple.

London:

Crime prevention officers and police in Britain have recovered more than £ 300,000 in cash from an Indian-origin couple suspected of having the proceeds of the crime.

A house search involving husband-wife Shailesh and Harkit Singara in Edgeware, north-west London revealed more than £ 200,000, of which nearly half the money was neatly bedridden. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said another 100,000 pounds was discovered in a suitcase on the floor.

“Some Money Service Businesses (MSBs) continue to pose a risk to the UK by facilitating the movement of illegal cash. The NECC and its partners have developed a heightened understanding of this threat, supporting legitimate MSI suspect MSBs. Enabling more effective action against. Businesses, ”said Rachel Herbert, head of threat response at NCA.

Nearby, officers found another 100,000 pounds in a bag, which was in the possession of Sailesh Mandalia, a business associate of Singara.

Assuming the money is a crime proceeding, Metropolitan Police Organized Crime Partnership (OCP) investigators applied for an advance order – a civil procedure aimed at recovering illegal cash in the UK, where no criminal offense has been proven.

In October 2019, the order was made at Westminster Magistrate Court in London, along with a directive that the three respondents pay a combined £ 1,895 cost.

However, Mandalia and Singaras appealed against the seizure.

All of the plaintiffs, who collectively own two money service businesses, claimed that the cash was intended for legitimate business accounts, and that bad accounting was responsible for any confusion over the years.

But his appeal was rejected by a judge at Southwark Crown Court on 10 September, ensuring that the entire amount could be recovered by the NCA.

Chief Inspector Tony O’Sullivan, head of the Met’s Police OCP, said: “While the three individuals have not been indicted, and have not been convicted of any crime in relation to these incidents, the £ 300,000 recovered public purse where now This can positively impact communities.

“Money is at the heart of organized crime, and it is important that people holding huge amounts of cash eat it legitimately. We at the OCP continue to deal with illegal cash generating offenders in London and beyond,” he said . .

The court additionally directed the three respondents to pay a combined cost of £ 4,350.

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