A haulage company boss who tried to leave the UK with £862,560 concealed in two suitcases has been jailed for three years and four months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Andrzej Miziuk, 49, of Gdańsk, Poland, was intercepted at the Port of Dover by Border Force officers as he was leaving the country on 10 February 2018.
Miziuk was transporting second-hand clothes, but a sniffer dog found the money stuffed into two suitcases. When questioned, he initially claimed to have no knowledge of the cash, despite the fact his fingerprints were found on two bundles of notes, but later admitted he was due to be paid £2,000 for smuggling the cash.
Chris Gill, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
“Miziuk was wrong to think he could get away with breaking the law by smuggling cash and is now paying the price with a jail sentence. We encourage anyone with information regarding money laundering to report it to HMRC online, or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”
Paul Morgan, Director, Border Force South East & Europe said:
“Border Force is determined that people should not profit from criminal activity and, working closely with other law enforcement partners, we will ensure individuals are brought before the courts and the proceeds of crime recovered.”
On 13 August 2018, at Canterbury Crown Court, Miziuk pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to three years and four months in jail.
The £862,560 was forfeited to the Crown at Canterbury Magistrates Court on 27 April 2018. Miziuk’s lorry and trailer were also seized.