Two Tamils charged in multimillion pound fraud


Two people have appeared in court charged with being part of an alleged multimillion pound money laundering network. Three men and one woman were arrested after UK Border Agency officers raided properties in Teddington, Weybridge, Epsom and Harrow on Friday, November 30. They also raided business addresses in Hampton Hill and London Docklands, after it was suspected that a company was used to launder criminal cash and transport it illegally across international borders. The investigation began after Border Force officers at St Pancras international station seized about £300,000 in cash from a passenger in September last year. Peter Avery, assistant director of Border Force Criminal and Financial Investigations, said: “This has been a complex financial investigation into allegations that millions of pounds of criminal money have been laundered. “In addition to making these arrests we have seized documents, mobile phones and computers, and they will now be analysed as part of our investigation.” Thuraisamy Pathmanabhan, 63, of Ravenscroft Road, in Weybridge, and Mayuran Kuhathasan, 38, of Minehead Road, Harrow, have been charged with conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer and remove criminal property. They appeared at Reigate Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, December 1, where they were bailed until Wednesday, December 12, for a committal hearing at the same court. A 45-year-old man was arrested in Teddington and a 33-year-old-woman was arrested at a business address in Hampton Hill. Both were released on bail until March 1, next year. (Local London)]]>


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