UK: Sisters jailed for laundering brothers’ drug money

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Surriya Bi (24/02/1980) and Asia Bi (11/08/1975), both of Park Road, Rochdale, admitted money laundering (to the value of £40k each) at an earlier hearing…

A thorough financial investigation was launched following the conviction of Mohammed Shafiq (born 3/4/81) of Park Road – brother of the defendants – who was jailed for six years in March 2011 for drugs offences. Specially trained officers reviewed the family’s accounts and discovered that each sister had purchased a house with large deposits. Surriya Bi bought a house on Park Road in December 2008 for £100k, paying a £40,000 deposit. She also owned an expensive car – a 2007 Audi A4 valued at £16,000 – that police have seized as part of the money laundering investigation.

She also paid a 10% deposit on a second house that she bought for £70k in November 2009 and had a collective balance in her bank accounts of £7,000. Asia Bi paid a deposit of £20,000 on a house she bought on Roch Street for £67k in March 2005. She paid £36,000 off the mortgage between May 2007 and June 2008 and has more than £7,000 in several bank accounts. Detective Constable Gerard Fisher, said: “Between them these two sisters have laundered £80,000: money provided by their brothers and their associates from drug dealing activities.

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