Suffolk: Brazen crook took photo of money being laundered
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Brazen money-launderer Daniel Marks was so full of himself about the cash he was raking in he even took a photo of it in a washing machine.
Beneath the picture, which was found on his computer by Suffolk Trading Standards officers, he unashamedly wrote the caption ‘Laundering the cash….again!’.
Marks was part of a multi-million pound scam based around internet escort agency and debt elimination websites which duped around 17,000 in the UK.
The downfall of those involved in the frauds came after a complex inquiry by Suffolk’s Trading Standards Department spanning several years.
Six of the main players in the £5.7m cons, including an ex-police detective, are awaiting sentencing following their convictions at Ipswich Crown Court.
Mark Bell, 41, of Westerfield Road, Ipswich; Colin Samuels, 61, of The Street, Redgrave, near Diss; and Geraldine French, 60, of Lowestoft, were each found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to defraud during a trial which finished earlier this month.
Christopher Taylor, 57, of Wakefield, west Yorkshire, and Bradley Rogers, 29, of Malaga, were each found guilty of one count of money-laundering at the end of the same trial.
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Their convictions came after the mastermind behind the scams, Antoni Muldoon, of Malaga, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud in September last year.
Marks’ case was unable to be reported until all the trials had been completed.
He had an acquaintance who worked for Muldoon in Spain. In the summer of 2009, Marks, 46, was contacted and it was suggested he could earn some money if he opened some bank accounts for Muldoon. He subsequently went on to become director of a company called Real Promotions Ltd and open three bank accounts.
All details of the bank accounts were passed to French in Spain and within a few months nearly £200,000 of escort fraud money passed through them.
Marks, of Lenton, Nottingham, received £500 a month for each of the accounts he opened.
When Marks’ computers were examined photos of the money, including the washing machine picture, were found on them.
Marks was jailed for three years.