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Cash launderer' caught with £1m cash in rucksack on Tube

PUBLISHED: 19:02 13 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 05 October 2010

A SUSPICIOUS character found to be carrying £75,000 cash in his rucksack in a routing stop and search' operation on the London Underground has been jailed for nine months. Gankasan Nagarajah was convicted of money laundering totalling under the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act and perverting justice trying to hide his illegal operation

By Mike Brooke

A SUSPICIOUS character found to be carrying £75,000 cash in his rucksack in a routing stop and search’ operation on the London Underground has been jailed for nine months.

Gankasan Nagarajah was convicted of money laundering totalling £70,000 under the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act and charges of perverting justice trying to hide his illegal operation when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday.

The 23-year-old from East London was originally stopped at Green Park Underground station in March, 2007. A companion with him was found to be carrying £40,000.

Police then found another £5,500 at Nagarajah’s house in East Ham.

Nagarajah ran the Ragu Ram money transfer business which he claimed accounted for the cash.

“The original stop and search’ was just the beginning,” said Det Chief Carl Wayte.

“Our investigations uncovered the scale of his operation. He had transferred almost £1 million to Sri Lanka between January and March that year, claiming it was transferred through his business and was legitimate.

“He put forward a list of people to account for it, but a web of forged documents proved the money was illicit.”

Further chargers of illegally removing almost £1m cash from the country were left on file.

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