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Manchester couple sentenced after crime cash seized

Press Release   •   May 06, 2016 11:55 BST

A Middleton couple have been sentenced for money laundering after over £336,000 of criminal cash was seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) from their home.

Craig Little, 33, and his wife Natalie Little, 29, of Bonny Brow Street, were arrested in June 2015 after HMRC officers found £336,170 in cash bundles, together with a cash counting machine, during a search of their home.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP), who assisted with the operation, also seized six kilos of cannabis ‘skunk’ with a street value of approximately £30,000 from the same address.

At earlier hearings Craig and Natalie Little pleaded guilty to money laundering offences, they were sentenced on Wednesday 4 May at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester. Craig Little was jailed for two years and Natalie Little was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 2 years, 50 hours unpaid work and a £80 surcharge. Craig Little was sentenced for the drugs offences at the same hearing.

Notes for editors

1.Craig Little, 11/01/1982 , a gardener, of Bonny Brow Street, Middleton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of criminal property, contrary to S329 of POCA 2002 on 13 July 2015 – he was sentenced to 2 years for the money laundering and 8 months for the drugs offence to run concurrently on 4 May 2016.

2.Natalie Little, 12/06/1986 , a local council worker, of Bonny Brow Street, Middleton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of criminal property, contrary to S329 of POCA 2002 on 3 May 2016– she was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for 2 years, 50 hours unpaid work and £80 surcharge on 4 May 2016.

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

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.