Milkman sentenced for money laundering
A milkman who got into financial difficulties has been sentenced for money laundering.
Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service’s Fraud Unit said that Daniel Brown, 45, was found with a carrier bag and rucksack containing £181,945 in cash, hidden in a secret compartment in the boot of his car.
He was stopped by officials from HM Revenue and Customs on 14 February 2018, on Bury Old Road in Manchester.
He was asked if he had any money in the car and replied, ‘Only what’s in my wallet’. But a search revealed £181,945 in cash hidden between the back passenger seats and the boot.
Brown’s black Nokia mobile phone was also seized.
He later told the officers that he was asked to do a delivery job, cash in hand, and had no idea what was in the bags. He said he had money problems and was desperate, so agreed to do it.
Daniel Brown eventually pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property and today (26 September 2019), at Manchester Crown Court, he was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and must do 15 days of a Rehabilitation Activity and complete 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Maqsood Khan, for the CPS, said: “Mr Brown’s fingerprints were not on the carrier bag or rucksack and we accepted his guilty plea to agreeing to take the cash to an address and his assertion that he hadn’t been involved in how the money had been made.
“Mr Brown said he was not involved in a criminal gang and had agreed to deliver the bags to another address because he was struggling and desperately needed to raise money fast.
“He took instructions over the phone about what to do with the money by a man using a false name. The CPS also accepted that the secret compartment was in the car before Mr Brown had bought it, but the court did not accept that he did not know it existed.
“A man of previous good character has been caught breaking the law in a very serious way. He has dipped his toe into the murky word of organised crime and is paying the price. This should be a lesson to anyone who thinks that doing something like this ever solves anything. It just makes matters a whole lot worse.”
Notes to editors
- Maqsood Khan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service Fraud Unit.