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FEB
06

Prison for ‘industrial’ money launderers

Three members of the same family were given prison sentences for money laundering offences at the Old Bailey this week.

According to Annie Conway, specialist prosecutor for the CPS Organised Crime Division, Ussama El Kurd ran what appeared to be an inconspicuous money exchange shop with his wife and son on Kensington Church Street in Central London, but it was used by criminals who changed up to £150 million into Euros before spiriting it away.

He “was laundering criminals' money on a truly industrial scale,” said Ms Conway.

El Kurd pleaded guilty in October last year to conspiracy to launder contrary to section 327 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This week he was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment, disqualified from being a company director, and given a Serious Crime Prevention Order and a Financial Reporting Order.

Randa El-Kurd and Hussam El Kurd pleaded guilty in November to, respectively, one count of Breach of Money Laundering Regulations 2007, and one count contrary to section 330 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

They were both sentenced this week to ten months' imprisonment and disqualified from being company directors.

Contact Siobhain Egan for further advice.

*This blog is intended as a news item only. No connection between Lewis Nedas Law and parties to the case is implied.

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FEB
06

LNL welcomes new colleague Sherene Wallis

We are pleased to welcome Sherene Wallis to our team. Sherene is a paralegal / police station representative.

Qualified as a police station representative in 2010  whilst training with messrs Saunders Law Partnership.

Since qualifying, she has advised and represented individuals who faced the full range of criminal offences from basic shoplifting to murder.

Please see Sherene's profile for further information and view our full team here.

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JAN
28

Lewis Nedas Welcomes Jasbir Kaur & Elena Abrahams

Lewis Nedas Law are proud to announce that Jasbir Kaur and Elena Abrahams have joined the firm as consultant solicitors.

Jasbir is a very talented civil practitioner and Elena is a very successful regulatory and professional disciplinary specialist. We are pleased to welcome them both to the team and look forward to our continued success together.

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JAN
23

Jeffrey Lewis speaks about AML and Money laundering in Januarys Finance Monthly

Jeffrey Lewis speaks about AML and Money laundering on page 51 of this month's Finance Monthly:

Click here to read the full magazine.

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JAN
22

CPS promise 5 times as many tax fraud prosecutions.

The DPP announced that the CPS will increase their prosecution rate of tax fraud cases fivefold betweem now and 2015. The last known statistics available point to 200 prosecutions in 2010 with an 86% conviction rate.

It appears , when anaylsing the statement that the emphasis will remain on easy , small targets eg lawyers , accountants , sole traders and investors in alleged tax avoidance vehicles.

Needless to say none of the large corporates/multi nationals or high profile individuals will be touched. This new policy is a complete volte face when compared with HMRC's sabre rattling in the past. They have prosecuted the occasional high profile deterrent policy prosecution but on the whole would prefer to settle quickly with interest and penalties.

We have successfully advised and defended countless inquiries and investigations over the last 30 years and both Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan of LNL working with leading tax counsel, have an excellent success rate when defending such prosecutions. Contact us if you are arrested/investigated for such allegations immediately.

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