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Woman jailed in 1.2m money scam

A woman involved in a money laundering scam in the West Midlands involving £1.2m has been jailed for three years.

Yan Li, 39, who operated from addresses in Dudley and Birmingham, pleaded guilty to 31 charges of concealing and transferring criminal property.

Her co-accused, Bo Li, 42, of Shirley, and Anthony Whale, 35, of Kingswinford were jailed earlier this year for their roles in the operation.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the money was used to buy properties.

Yan Li admitted the charges at Birmingham Crown Court.

Bo Li, of Stratford Road, was sentenced to six and a half years for her role, while Whale of Holbeache Road, was sentenced to five years.

'Criminal money'

Tony Baker of the Crown Prosecution Service said the investigation into their activities focused on sending money out of the UK, and using criminal money to buy properties.

"This led to worldwide inquiries being made and great co-operation from the governments of Hong Kong and Norway in order to obtain as much evidence to bring these three individuals to justice," he said.

Yan Li admitted 24 counts of concealing criminal property, four counts of transferring criminal property and three counts of entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering operation.

Bo Li was found guilty of two counts of concealing criminal property, nine counts of transferring criminal property, four counts of converting criminal property and one count of attempting to convert criminal property.

Anthony Whale was charged with three counts of transferring criminal property, four counts of converting criminal property, two counts of entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement and two counts of attempting to convert criminal property.



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