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CPS seizes assets from Huddersfield grooming gang member

|News, Proceeds of crime

A member of a Huddersfield grooming gang who was also selling cannabis and money laundering has had more than £38,000 worth of assets confiscated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Irfan Ahmed, 34, was jailed for eight years in 2018 as part of Operation Tendersea, which led to the imprisonment of 20 men convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls over a seven year period.

Ahmed agreed that the value of equity in his house, at over £26,000 was available to him and could be added to an amount to pay against a confiscation order made in 2012.   

He was also found with cash totalling £3,450 which was seized from him in July 2016, when he was arrested as part of Operation Tendersea investigations. Ahmed had initially argued this money did not belong to him, but conceded at Bradford Crown Court that the money was available to add to the confiscation order.

Ahmed had already repaid nearly £8,500 following the making of the order in 2012 after his conviction for Possession with Intent to Supply and Money Laundering.

Joseph Nahal-Macdonald from the CPS said: “We are delighted to have taken money back into the public purse from Irfan Ahmed, a serial criminal who has previously been prosecuted for dealing cannabis and money laundering, as well as his appalling crimes as part of the Huddersfield grooming gang.

“We are committed to making sure that criminals are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and that means clawing back their proceeds of crime, even several years later, in conjunction with custodial sentences.”

Notes to editors

  • Joseph Nahal-Macdonald is a Specialist Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service’s Proceeds of Crime Division
  • The hearing was a Section 22 Proceeds of Crime application at Bradford Crown Court on 27 February.


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