Forest Gate man jailed for his part in £4.5million money laundering scam

PUBLISHED: 11:56 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 24 October 2013

Part of the haul discovered by police

Part of the haul discovered by police


A man involved in a multi-million pound money laundering scam has been jailed for six-and-half years.

Amin Surani faces deportation after serving his jail sentenceAmin Surani faces deportation after serving his jail sentence

Indian national Amin Surani, 34, of Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, will also be deported after serving his sentence.

Surani was arrested as he collected £50,000 cash from co-conspirator Surinder Rahela at a barber’s shop in The Green, Southall on May 9 2013.

Another £10,000 was found in his possession, while a search of his home address uncovered a further £100,000 cash plus a diary detailing his other dealings.

After a two week trial at the Old Bailey, Surani was found guilty of two counts of money laundering. On October 22 he was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Rahela, 61, from Southall, was found guilty of one count of money laundering and jailed for 18 months.

Jacque Beer, National Crime Agency Branch Commander, said: “The ability to launder the proceeds of their crimes is a pre-requisite for those involved in sophisticated criminal activity.

“Surani was a prolific money launderer and acted as a ‘collector’ for other criminal networks. Our investigation showed that in the four months prior to his arrest around £4.5 million had passed through his operation.

“It is likely that much of this money was linked to drug trafficking.”

The NCA is a new law enforcement agency tasked with leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime.

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