Sixteen members of a crime syndicate which ran its operations across the country laundering money made from drugs has been jailed for a total of 72 years.
The gang which was headed by Harpal Singh Gill, 67, set up a number of fake clothing and textile companies to help launder more then £35 million by the time the gang was caught in 2013.
Mr Singh recruited his son, Manjit Gill, from Edgbaston, who is also known as a singer and goes by the name ‘Foji Gill’, to become the director of the companies.
Mr Singh and his son were sentenced last year at Birmingham Crown Court. Mr Singh received 11 years in prison while his son, Manjit Gill, received 5 years in prison.
The final members of the gang to be sentenced are Shafak Mohammed, 45, of Russells Hall Road, Dudley who received 21 months in prison. Sukhvinder Singh Dosanjh, 41, of Birmingham Road, Walsall, who acted as the courier for the gang received five and a half years in prison.
Paul Risby, of the National Crime Agency, said: “Harpal Singh Gill used his position as head of his family and local businessman to influence family members and associates in his local community to be part of his criminal enterprise. He knowingly took advantage of the respect afforded to him, persuading them to set up bogus companies and handle huge amounts of cash on his behalf.
“Those involved in the most serious types of crime depend entirely on the service provided by money launderers like Gill and his associates to hide their criminal money. Gill’s network was responsible for laundering over £35m, every single pound of which represents misery inflicted on communities locally and across the UK.”
The other members of the network previously jailed were Gurdev Singh Gill, 60, and Tarandeep Singh Gill, 28, of Lime Avenue, Leicester, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison each.
Baldip Singh Bains, 36, of Crookham Close, Birmingham was jailed for four years.
Prakash Chauhan, 55, of Addison Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, was jailed for five and a half years in prison after being found guilty.
Ranjeev Singh Rai, 33, of Dovehouse Lane, Solihull pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison.
James Coulson, 28, from Liverpool was jailed for 27 months, Santokh Singh Sangha, 62, from Leicester was imprisoned for three years, Andrew Wilson, 60, from Bedworth, Warwickshire was given a nine months suspended jail sentence and Sarup Singh Parmar, 65, from Sparkhill was jailed for 29 months.