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Police pledge over tax cheat cash

Azwar Majeed
Mohammed Azwar Majeed resigned as Crawley chairman in 2006

Police say they are determined to collect every penny from the ex-owner of Crawley Town FC, who has been jailed for cheating the taxman of £750,000.

Mohammed Azwar Majeed, 33, from Brighton, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years on Tuesday after he filed false tax returns.

Det Insp Steve Wilcox said he hoped all the money would be recovered before Majeed was released from jail.

"There is certainly more money out there," he said.

"Now that Mr Majeed has been sentenced we can move forward on to the confiscation investigation."

We will do through all his accounts and discover where the money has gone
Det Insp Steve Wilcox

Majeed pleaded guilty in January to cheating the revenue.

Southwark Crown Court was told he avoided paying up to £750,000 while director of SA Retail, a wholesale alcohol firm.

He bought luxury cars, expensive properties and gave money to his "extravagant mistresses".

A confiscation hearing has been set for 4 September, but Mr Willcox said the police investigation could take up to two years.

"They are very complex," he said. "We will go through all his accounts and discover where the money has gone.

"We hope to discover all his criminal assets and criminal property and recover those and put them back into the public purse."

Majeed resigned as Crawley Town chairman in August 2006 two months after the West Sussex club went into administration.

It was moved out of administration the same month and bought by Prospect Estates Holdings in 2008.

'Halved attendances'

"Azwar was the hidden man of the football club, while his brother Chas was the front man," said Antony Weller, spokesman for the club's supporters trust.

"When they took over, the club was riding high.

"They had just gone into the Conference and enjoyed a fantastic first season.

"In the three years they were there, they halved attendances and drove loyal fans of 20 and 30 years' standing away.

"Those fans have still not returned to this day."

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