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Harlow man sentenced for two years for money laundering

Crime / Fri 3rd Nov 2017 at 09:45am

A HARLOW Man was part of a gang convicted of money laundering offences who were jailed after two trials, following a complex investigation by the Met’s Serious and Organised Crime Command.-

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Christos Christopher Nicolas, 52, of Standfast, Occupation Lane, Roydon, Harlow, Essex was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment.
Thomas Adams, 59 (20.04.58) was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on 2 August 2017.

Reporting restrictions were lifted today, Thursday, 2 November, following the conclusion of a second trial in which Adams’ son, Shaun Adams, 32 (23.09.85) of Claremont Square, N1 pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Shaun Adams received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

In addition a business associate of Thomas Adams, Loukas Menikou, 55 (20.04.62) of Games Road, Enfield pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to ten months, suspended for 12 months.

Separate charges of money laundering against Thomas Adams and his daughter, Terri Adams were ordered to lie on file.

The second trial related to the purchase, redevelopment, rental and part-sale of a former public house in Blondin Street, Bow, using fraudulent mortgage transactions which were carried out at the instruction of Thomas Adams.

At sentencing, the judge highlighted the complex nature of the case and praised Counsel and detectives from the Met’s Serious and Organised Crime Command for the efforts put into the investigation and prosecution.

DI Jo Van der Waag of the Met’s Serious and Organised Crime Command, said: “The instigator of this criminal enterprise is Thomas Adams, a man who appeared to have access to considerable amounts of capital, despite no identifiable or legitimate means of support, and no financial footprint in the UK. Adams appeared to have a ‘ghost-like’ existence, concealing the true ownership of his properties and other assets, all done with the distinct purpose of avoiding detection from law enforcement authorities.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher, head of the Met’s Serious and Organised Crime Command, said: “Today is the culmination of several years’ work by the Met’s Serious and Organised Crime Command and I would like to pay tribute to my team of detectives who have worked tirelessly to bring these individuals to justice.

“Thomas Adams is responsible for a large-scale criminal business, laundering the profits from crime. For too long organised gangs have used advances in technology to hide their criminal gains and this operation and others like it are the Met’s response. Any criminal gang operating in London needs to know that we will tackle them head on and hit them where it hurts the most.”

The first trial, which concluded in August, resulted in seven individuals being convicted, in addition to Thomas Adams.

Both trials arose from police activity in February 2014, when search warrants were executed at locations across London and several arrests were made.

Evidence gathered from the home address of Steve Mardon during these raids included a series of ledgers, detailing criminal cash transactions. A search of Mardon’s home address also resulted in more than £110,000 being found in a floor safe. This was ascertained to be criminal property.

The court heard during the first trial that Mardon helped Adams launder money and obtain goods and acted as Adams’ financier dealing with day-to-day transactions.

Other individuals in the first trial were involved with the concealment and facilitation of substantial sums of cash derived from crime.

The people convicted after the first trial, in addition to Thomas Adams:

– Haralambos Antoniades, 48 (27.06.69), of Courtlands, The Green E4 was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years and three months’ imprisonment.

– Steve Mardon, 58 (01.11.58) of Cherry Tree Road, Barnet, London N2 was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years and three months’ imprisonment.

– Elias Antoniou, 53 (04.07.64) of Wilderton Road, London was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to two years imprisonment.

– Martin Dowd, 49 (23.08.67) of Tudor Drive, Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment.

– Robert Winstanley, 77 (28.03.40) of Chester Road, Oakmere in Northwich was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to three years imprisonment.

– Richard Jones, 58 (03.02.49) of, Dixon Drive, Chelford, Macclesfield, Cheshire was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

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