Man jailed for money laundering - St Albans

11/10/2012

A man has today, Thursday, 11 October 2012, been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to 10-months imprisonment having been found guilty of money laundering offences following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Fraud Squad.

Waqar Khan, 29, of Westbourne Road, Luton, was the Director of GMC Ltd, which traded as City Cars (now City Taxis), a mini cab firm based in Camp Road, St Albans. His company had an arrangement with Hertfordshire County Council to transport two people in Welwyn Garden City, one to school and the other to a day care centre.

By December 2006 neither person required the services City Cars.  However, Mr Khan continued to send invoices to Hertfordshire County Council for providing mini cabs for journeys, which were no longer being undertaken. This continued until 2010 and resulted in a fraudulent payment to Mr Khan in excess of £160,000.

During the trial Mr Khan accepted the journeys had not taken place since 2006, but said he was entitled to claim the money because the Council had not cancelled the arrangement. The jury rejected his claim and he was found guilty on 18 September 2012, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court.

Confiscation proceedings will now commence to recover the fraudulently received money.