Money launderer ordered to hand over £32,000 found on the back seat of his car in Leeds after he was caught with fake licence

A money launderer who had £32,000 in cash on the back seat of his car when police caught him with a fake driving licence has had the money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 4:45 pm

West Yorkshire Police officers found the money in a vehicle being driven by Hasan Rexhepi in Harehills, Leeds, on November 10 last year.

Rexhepi was behind the wheel of a Hyundai in a car park and his brother Brigelt Rexhepi was also in the vehicle.

A third man, Eni Zasmi, was in a Mercedes vehicle parked nearby.

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Leeds Crown Court

Both drivers were found to be in possession of driving licences that were false.

The officers searched the Hyundai and found a total of £32,360 on the back seat.

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All three defendants are Albanian nationals who had entered the UK illegally.

Hasan Rexhepi, 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing an identity document with intent and money laundering.

He was jailed for 13 months at a sentencing hearing at Leeds Crown Court in February this year.

Zasmi, 21, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing an identity document with intent and was jailed for eight months.

A Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing in relation to Hasan Rexhepi took place at the court today (June 1)

Mehan Nassiri, prosecuting, said the defendant had benefited to the sum of £32,900 as a result of the offending and the full amount was available to be seized.

Recorder Christopher Knox ordered that the sum be paid within 28 days or Rexhepi could face a further period in custody.

At the sentencing hearing earlier this year, The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Guy Kearl QC said: "Each of you arrived here illegally. You used your false licences in order to conduct whatever business you were working in."