15m 'dirty cash' illegal booze gang are handed jail terms totalling 19 years A criminal gang caught red handed with bundles of 'dirty' cash, part of 15 million made from selling alcohol illegally in the UK, has been jailed for a total of 19 years.
Investigators from HM Revenue and Customs found that the criminals, from Kent, West Sussex and Essex, laundered large amounts of cash through two businesses that were allegedly selling alcohol outside the UK. Louca Christos Louca, 51, coach outlet coupons round table pizza from Kent, company director of Ramsgate based Eurolink Trading Ltd, was arrested on October 24, 2011 after investigators discovered almost 100,000 cash inside his car. The following day Gary Bissenden, 50, from Herne Bay and Lucy Buckingham, 30, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, were arrested in an East Grinstead car park. Bissenden was carrying a holdall containing nearly 160,000 in cash. A further 17,750 and 11,000 euros were found at his then home. Lucy Buckingham faked documents to coach outlet richmond facilitate the alcohol fraud and money laundering. She worked for Saffire Trading Ltd of East Grinstead a company run by Steve Randall, 44, from Romford, Essex. Analysis of business records show Eurolink Trading Ltd and Saffire Trading Ltd were run to launder the proceeds of illicit alcohol sold in the UK. From November 1, 2010 to February 3, 2012, 15m in proceeds from these illegal sales was transferred from their business accounts (Saffire Trading 1.6m and Eurolink Trading 13.4m) into their main supplier's bank account. The supplier, York Wines Ltd of Southend on Sea, has since ceased trading. HMRC investigators seized 19,190 cash, business records, phones and computers at Saffire Trading's business premises. Documents had been faked to show trade taking place in France, but laptop evidence revealed the authentic coach outlet handbags online alcohol was being sold at outlets across the UK. All four defendants were charged with proceeds of crime offences linked to alcohol fraud. They were found guilty after an eight week trial and were jailed for a total of 19 years at Southwark Crown Court Louca Christos Louca of Park coach outlet for shoes Avenue, Broadstairs, was jailed for seven years and disqualified from being a company director for 10 years. Steve Randall from Romford was jailed for six years and disqualified from being a company director for six years. Gary Darren Bissenden of Dence Park, Herne Bay, a forklift truck driver, was jailed for three years. Lucy Anne Buckingham of East Grinstead, was jailed for three years and disqualified from being a company director for five years.
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