Gold belonging to a Hillingdon crime boss has been sold at auction raising £2.2million for taxpayers.
Chaudry Ali of Cooperfield Avenue, Hillingdon, was the mastermind of a £9million smuggling plot that was broken up by police and HM Revenue and Customs.
He was jailed for nine years in 2012 and his loot of 150 kilos of smuggled gold was sold off by Wilsons Auctions in Belfast during November, 2015.
Kevin Newe, assistant director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said: “We are pleased to have secured such a large amount of cash for the taxpayer and public finances.
“This is money needed to fund the local services we all need and rely on. Ali thought his plans were foolproof but he hadn’t factored in expertise of our investigators and their ability to uncover fraud however well it may be disguised.
“HMRC will always look to recover the ill-gotten gains of criminals and use a variety of methods to do so.”
The sales of Ali’s ill-gotten gains included lots of Asian gold bracelets, necklaces, rings, a statue and gold bars.
He has also been ordered to pay back £4.3 million of his criminal profits or serve an extra 10 years behind bars.
Further action to recover the remaining criminal profits is being taken by selling properties and land worth nearly £2 million owned by Ali in Birmingham and London.