Lawyer, Accountant Allowed Australian Comanchero Gang To Launder Money In Auckland

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Police have arrested a lawyer and an accountant who they allege helped an Australian biker gang launder money in New Zealand.

On Thursday, police seized about $4 million in assets from 10 locations across Auckland, the result of a year-long investigation into the Comancheros.

Five people were arrested on money laundering and drug importation charges.

Greg Williams, national manager of the National Organised Crime Group, told media the day’s events have dealt a “major blow” to the Comancheros, who have a growing presence in New Zealand with about 20 members – both locals and deportees from Australia.

Police allege the group intended to import both methamphetamine and ephedrine.

Iain Chapman, national manager of the Financial Crime Group, said among the arrested are two white-collar professionals who helped the gang.

“We’ve effectively targeted professional facilitators – in this case a lawyer and an accountant – who have chosen in their professional capacity, we allege, to enable this gang to launder their funds,” he said.

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