Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Two taxi-driving brothers who were caught with more than £280,000 cash in the back of their vehicles have been jailed after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Irfan Zaffar, 40, and Saud Zaffar, 34, from Birmingham, were stopped on the M62 near Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, at around 7pm on 18 February 2019.
A black holdall containing £149,945 was found in the boot of Irfan Zaffar’s VW Polo, and £138,475 was found in a sealed package in the boot of his brother’s Skoda.
The total amount seized was £288,420.
The brothers both pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property at Manchester Crown Court on 8 June 2021. The men were both sentenced to 22 months in jail at Manchester Crown Court on 2 December 2021.
An HMRC spokesperson said: “HMRC will not hesitate to pursue those suspected of playing their part in serious organised crime, which costs Britain tens of billions of pounds every year.
“We encourage anyone with information aboutmoney laundering to report it online call the Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”