Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bragging Text Helps to Snare Launderer Who Hid Pounds 73k in Shoe Boxes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bragging Text Helps to Snare Launderer Who Hid Pounds 73k in Shoe Boxes

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AN ELECTRICIAN who sent text messages bragging he had thousands of pounds of laundered cash in his van has avoided jail.

Mark Carroll, 35, from Salford, was arrested by HM Revenue and Customs officers in Rusholme in July 2015, after pulling him over and searching his van.

Inside officers found - and seized - almost Pounds 73,000 in cash stuffed inside shoe boxes.

Carroll refused to explain where the money had come from. However, his phone records were examined and revealed text messages from just before his arrest referring to large quantities of cash.

He sent a picture of some of the cash with a message underneath simply saying "Crime" with a gun and knife icon.

He followed with three 'crying laughing' emojis.

Carroll, of Kingsway, Pendlebury, was prosecuted for money laundering and pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring criminal property in May. …

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