Justin McClintock has secured the unanimous acquittal of a mum charged with two counts of money laundering. The defendant allowed her account to be used for the deposit and withdrawal of £10,000. It was agreed that this money had been obtained by fraud.
The issue for the jury was whether the defendant suspected that the money was criminal property at either of the following stages: first, when she provided her account details; and second, when she ‘converted’ the money by withdrawing it from her account. The defendant accepted that she had lied about the circumstances of the deposit in interview. Notwithstanding this factor, the jury rejected the prosecution case that the defendant must have been suspicious regarding the source of the money.