A woman has received a prison sentence of over six years after being convicted of money laundering offences.
Fen Chen, Ying Lin and two associates were part of a group of Chinese money launders who were responsible for paying more than £1.8 million in criminal cash into London high street banks in a period of just two weeks.
Chen was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) after she accepted a bag containing more than £300,000 from Albanian Fation Koka in the car park of an Asda supermarket in Park Royal in August 2016.
A further £180,000 cash was discovered in bags and hiding places at Fen’s flat, along with bank slips detailing hundreds of deposits totalling £1.8 million. A cash counting machine was found in another room.
NCA officers found text messages on Chen’s and Koka’s phones that showed an earlier cash handover took place in the same car park in July 2016. On this occasion Chen was out of the country and instead sent representatives to collect the money.
Investigators obtained CCTV bank footage showing Chen, Lin and others deposited cash in smaller amounts to avoid suspicion.
Earlier this month Chen was convicted of four counts of money laundering at Kingston Crown Court, and she has now been jailed for six years and three months.
Koka previously admitted two counts of money laundering and was jailed for 21 months. He will be deported upon completion of his sentence.
Lin previously admitted a single charge of money laundering and was deported after being sentenced to 14 months in jail.
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