Dubai man arrested at his Belgravia flat ‘masterminded money laundering operation to move £110m from UK to UAE through major airports using cash mules including party-loving Kim Kardashian lookalike’
A Dubai national alleged to be a kingpin behind the moving of more than £100million in crooked cash from the UK to the UAE has been charged with money laundering.
Abdullah Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi, 46, was arrested at his upmarket flat in Lowndes Square, Belgravia, on Tuesday.
After being questioned by detectives he was charged today with one count of conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property between December 3, 2019 and last December 31.
Prosecutors allege Alfalasi arranged the removal of around £110m from the UK via major airports to the United Arab Emirates using cash mules.
Abdullah Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi, 46, who is alleged to be a kingpin behind the moving of more than £100million in crooked cash from the UK to the UAE, has been charged with money laundering. Pictured: Some of the money found by authorities which was destined for Dubai
Pictured: Bundles of money which were seized by authorities, which couriers had been attempting to transport to the UAE from the UK
Authorities claim he could have organised the travel of at least 26 couriers who are thought to have shipped tens of millions in criminal cash from the UK to Dubai.
Two of those couriers are already in prison – including Tara Hanlon, 31, who was jailed for nearly three years in July after being caught taking around £2million from the UK to Dubai.
She had already smuggled £3.5m in five suitcases on three different trips over a four-month period when Border Force officers stopped her at Heathrow Airport last October with the latest haul.
Alfalasi is accused of being a key figure in the global money laundering racket and was arrested during a raid on a posh flat in Belgravia, central London, where a three-bed property can sell for more than £11m.
Two of those couriers are already in prison – including Tara Hanlon, 31, (pictured) who was jailed for nearly three years in July after being caught taking around £2million from the UK to Dubai
He is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates today.
This probe into the international money laundering gang was described as the largest the National Crime Agency has ever investigated.
In total 10 other suspected members of the money laundering racket have been arrested – eight in a series of raids in May. All were later released under investigation, the NCA said.
So far 21 more suspected couriers linked to the network have been questioned by National Crime Agency investigators.