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Terry Adams sentenced for money laundering


Terry Adams was sentenced at the Old Bailey today after pleading guilty last month to money laundering.

After the hearing Colin Gibbs, Crown Prosecutor on the case said: "The defendant's sophisticated use of the tax system and limited companies concealed the true picture of his criminal assets and contributed to making the case difficult to investigate, prosecute and eventually prove. The case required police and CPS to examine thoroughly a vast amount of banking transactions, conveyancing files, tax records and company papers in order to mount a successful case against Terry Adams for money laundering."

Alison Saunders, Head of the Organised Crime Division at the CPS said: "In pleading guilty to this offence, Terry Adams has admitted laundering money that he obtained from criminal activity over a number of years. He went to considerable lengths to disguise and hide these criminal gains through sham companies, forged loan agreements and false accounting. Meanwhile he lived a very comfortable lifestyle on the back of them, apparently without any legitimate means of income. The prosecution is not required to specify what sort of crimes Terry Adams was involved in to create his wealth, simply that it was the result of crime. He admits that it was.

"Meticulous work to build up the case by the Crown Prosecution Service following an extensive investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, assisted by the security services, left Terry Adams with no option but to plead guilty. He is now being made to face the consequences of his prolonged criminal activity.

"This case has been beset by difficulties, not of the prosecution's making. The prosecution team has been ready for trial since 2005 and been determined to keep this prosecution on track despite delays and frequent legal arguments."

  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6091.
  2. Terry Adams pleaded guilty to:

    Conspiracy to contravene sections 93C(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

    Particulars of offence

    TERENCE GEORGE ADAMS between the 5th day of August 1997 and the 12th day of January 2003 conspired together with Saul Solomon Nahome and other persons to conceal or disguise property which in whole or in part directly or indirectly represented the proceeds of the relevant criminal conduct of the said Terence George Adams with the intention of avoiding prosecution for an offence to which Part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 applies for the purpose of avoiding the making or enforcement in his case of a confiscation order.

  4. A further man awaits trial later in the year, referred to in the prosecution opening as the accountant or bookkeeper. A contempt of court order prevents him being named.