A haulage boss from Poland who tried to leave the UK with £862,560 of laundered money concealed in two suitcases has been sentenced to prison for three years and four months following an HMRC investigation.
Andrzej Miziuk, of Gdansk, was intercepted at the Port of Dover by Border Force officers as he was leaving the country on 10 February 2018. Miziuk was transporting second-hand clothes, but a sniffer dog found the money stuffed into two suitcases.
When questioned, Miziuk initially claimed to have no knowledge of the cash, despite the fact his fingerprints were found on two bundles of notes, but later admitted he was due to be paid £2,000 for smuggling the cash. The money was forfeited to the Crown at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on 27 April 2018. Miziuk’s truck and trailer were also seized.
On 13 August, at Canterbury Crown Court, Miziuk pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property contrary to section 329(1)(c) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Chris Gill, assistant director, Fraud Investigation Service, at the HMRC said: “Miziuk was wrong to think he could get away with breaking the law by smuggling cash and is now paying the price with a jail sentence.”
Paul Morgan, director, Border Force South East and Europe, said: “Border Force is determined that people should not profit from criminal activity and, working closely with other law enforcement partners, we will ensure individuals are brought before the courts and the proceeds of crime recovered.”