July 13, 2017

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Leon Aleri laundered £213,096 through his bank account over a six-year period. Financial investigators found Aleri had no source of legitimate income to fund his lifestyle.

Aleri’s bank account was examined after he was arrested on a related matter.

The case was investigated by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit, a police unit sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance.

Aleri, who pleaded guilty, was given a two-year suspended sentence by a judge at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detective Constable Fiona Roope, of the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit, said:

“Money laundering is an extremely serious offence. The police work very closely with the banking industry to prosecute offenders involved in money laundering and a conviction can have very real consequences.”

Established in April 2002, the DCPCU has since achieved an estimated £486 million in savings from reduced fraud activity. The DCPCU is a unique proactive police unit, with a national remit. It is sponsored by UK Finance, the new industry body representing around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payments-related services.

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Notes to editors:

Charges and sentences received:

Leon Aleri, DOB 13/06/1989, of Brocklehurst Street, New Cross, London:

1.    Money laundering: two years, suspended for two years

2.    Possession of an ID document with intent: eight months, suspended for two years

3.    Possession of articles for use in fraud: 12 months, suspended for two years

4.    Possession of a false ID document with intent: eight months, suspended for two years

All sentences run concurrently.

He also received 250 hours unpaid work, 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and forfeiture of all phones, laptops, bank cards and driving licence.

The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a unique proactive police unit, with a national remit, formed as a partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police together with the Home Office. It is fully sponsored by the cards and banking industries, with an ongoing brief to investigate, target and, where appropriate, arrest and seek successful prosecution of offenders responsible for card, cheque and payment fraud crimes. It is headed up by a Detective Chief Inspector and comprises officers from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces who work alongside banking industry fraud investigators and support staff.

UK Finance is a new trade association which was formed on 1 July 2017 to represent the finance and banking industry operating in the UK. It will represent around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation brings together most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.