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Brierfield money launderer jailed for two years
A MONEY launderer who bought a house from a convicted fraudster from Brierfield has been jailed for two years.
Nevzat Kocabey, 50, bought the £105,000 property in Hawkswood Gardens even though it formed part of inquiries into crooked consultant Mohammed Khatana, Burnley Crown Court was told.
Khatana was being probed over establishing two rogue advisory firms, ironically advising on crime proceeds legislation, despite having no legal accreditation.
Detectives found that Kocabey had used £26,000 from his own criminal dealings to pay deposits on the Brierfield home, and a second unrelated property in Liverpool. Kocabey, of Lemon Grove, Toxteth, Liverpool, was found guilty of two offences of transferring criminal property.
Khatana is currently serving an eight-and-a-half year jail term for his role in POCA Consulting and Ultima Consulting, which arranged ‘referrals’ to a solicitor’s firm for a £500 fee.
Speaking after the case Det Chief Insp Paula Parker, head of the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team said: “I am happy with the sentence handed down to Kocabey after such a long and complex investigation.
“I hope that this sends a clear message to criminals and those who live off their illegally gained assets that we will find them, put them before the courts, and we will also work with the courts to seize back the money made from their criminality.”