An unemployed Manchester man, who attempted to flee arrest after a car chase across Manchester city centre, has been jailed for money laundering, dangerous driving and failing to stop.
Reydell Waite, 30, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as part of a joint operation with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in July 2015. As police officers attempted to stop his vehicle, Waite drove off, crashed his car and then ran from the scene, throwing a carrier bag away as he fled.
The police caught Waite and arrested him on suspicion of money laundering, dangerous driving and failing to stop. The carrier bag was retrieved and found to contain more than £93,000 in cash. The money was seized by HMRC officers as part of their investigation.
Richard Wentel, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
“Attempts to launder the proceeds of crime are treated very seriously by HMRC. As in this case we, or our partners, will relentlessly pursue anyone believed to be involved in money laundering. I would urge anyone who has information about those involved in this type of activity to call the 24-hour Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
Waite pleaded guilty to all charges and was jailed yesterday for a total of 15 months. He was also banned from driving for 19 months.
Notes for editors
1.Reydell Waite (also known as Reydell Waite-Baxter), DOB 24/01/86, of Lawnhurst Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property, contrary to S329(1) of the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 on 27 April 2016. He was jailed for ten months at Manchester Crown Court on 19 May 2016 for this money laundering offence.
2.He was also jailed at the same court session for a further five months for the driving offence, to run consecutively to the money laundering prison term. Previously on 6 January 2016, Waite had pleaded guilty to the driving charges brought by GMP. The court also banned him from driving for 19 months, when he is released from jail. During the chase Waite mounted a pavement, hit a police vehicle and demolished a street sign.
3.On 11 December 2015, at Trafford Magistrates court the seized cash of £93,660 was forfeited to the Crown as no representations were made by Waite (or others) as to the origin of the money. It was forfeited as criminal cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
4.Anyone with information regarding fraud is encouraged to contact the 24-hour Hotline on 0800 59 5000 or report it online via: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.htm
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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
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HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.