Thursday, July 28, 2022

9 years in big house for £104m money launderer

Abdullah Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi, 47, was the kingpin of a gang that smuggled £104m into Dubai between April 2019 and November 2020 in what is thought to be one of Britain's largest ever money laundering rings. The group was made up of around 36 couriers who carried out 83 trips and earned around £12m.

Tara Hanlon, 31, was jailed for three years after being busted at Heathrow trying to smuggle £2m into Dubai in five suitcases in October 2020.
The couriers would fly business class for the extra luggage allowance and check in as late as possible to try and avoid the baggage being examined. Couriers were paid between £3,000 and £8,000 for each trip plus expenses. On arrival in Dubai they would declare the cash and present a letter from Alfalasi’s company, Omnivest Gold Trading LLC.