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Joanna Hardy concludes six figure money laundering trial with acquittal.
September 11, 2015
Joanna Hardy has concluded the trial of a female defendant accused of laundering the proceeds of a widespread drugs conspiracy.
It was alleged that cash deposits of approximately £150,000 into her bank accounts were the proceeds from the sale of class A drugs and that she knew or suspected the same. The crown's case was that the defendant's banking habits were deliberately complex to disguise the funds passing through her accounts. The defendant denied knowledge or suspicion that she was laundering criminal property. The defence case was that a portion of the cash was legitimate and that, at the time, she believed the remainder related to her husband's investment in gold and did not know or suspect that he was a drug dealer.
The matter involved expert financial evidence, undercover surveillance, CCTV, cell site mobile telephone evidence and ANPR number plate recognition.
Following trial at Southampton Crown Court the defendant was acquitted unanimously.
Joanna was instructed by Jung and Co Solicitors.