Man jailed for money scam

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A Derbyshire man has been jailed for his part in a money-laundering scam worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Paul Machin, 47, of High Street, Brimington, was sentenced to two years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, 2 November.

He was part of a gang of four, including three men from Sheffield, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money-laundering offences after they were found to be dealing in counterfeit and contraband alcohol and tobacco.

Unemployed Machin was arrested on 8 October, 2010 for supplying counterfeit and contraband tobacco products in Sheffield.

Graham Wragg of South Yorkshire police’s economic crime unit said: “Our action has resulted in the removal of thousands of pounds worth of dangerous counterfeit tobacco being taken off the streets.

“We’ve also stopped the criminals involved, and their families, living a lavish lifestyle beyond any legitimate means – with large houses in the UK and abroad and a number of valuable motor vehicles.”

Investigations began in June 2010 when officers found a van full of fake cigarettes, near Sheffield and 118 kilograms of counterfeit tobacco products, worth about £300,000 and £14,000 in cash, at a nearby house.