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Issue:- 26 September 2013

Most Wanted money launderer jailed after decade on run

A man who spent a decade on the run after absconding before he could be tried for money laundering has been sentenced. Anthony Judge appeared on HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Most Wanted list in 2012, and was arrested after returning to the UK on a false passport earlier this year.

He was living in Liverpool when he and 2 others were stopped at Eurotunnel outbound controls in 2002. Customs officers searched their vehicle and found Euros worth more than 360,000 concealed inside a spare tyre in the boot. When analysed, the notes showed a high level of heroin contamination. Judge and his companions were arrested and later charged with money laundering offences.

Judge, now 40, was due to face trial in December 2003, but absconded. On 4 July 2013, he flew into Heathrow using a false passport and was arrested. He was jailed for 19 months at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, 23 September 2013, receiving 12 months for money laundering and a 7 month sentence for absconding.

David Margree, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:- "Judge probably thought he had beaten the justice system by absconding, but he was wrong. Vital intelligence is being received every day on our Most Wanted individuals, and we are working hard to track down each and every one of these fugitive fraudsters."

HMRC's Most Wanted list was 1st published last year. New information on these individuals, plus the names of 10 more fugitives, was issued in August 2013. Most Wanted images have been viewed over 3 million times by the public, helping HMRC to gather information about the absconders. Three of these Most Wanted fugitives have been successfully recaptured, including Judge.

Upon sentencing His Honour Judge James, said:- "As a young man you became involved in couriering money for others. It is clear to me that there was a connection to drugs and it seems to me you are entitled to receive the same sentence as your co-defendants."

MOST WANTED - LIVERPOOL

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing 3 men from Liverpool.

Kevin Weetman, 21, from the Anfield area is wanted in connection with a burglary in the Everton area in March. Weetman is described as being white, 5ft 6 ins tall of a slim build with shaved ginger hair and blue eyes.

Steven Janny, 24, from the Kensington area is wanted on recall to prison for failing to keep to his probation requirements. Janny is described as being black, 6ft of a medium build with shaven black hair and brown eyes.

Louis Doswell, 24, from the Old Swan area is wanted in connection with an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs. Doswell is described as being white, 5ft 10 ins tall of a slim build with shaven fair hair and blue eyes.

There is no known connection between the 3 men.

Officers from the force who are searching for these men would urge them or anyone who knows of their whereabouts to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 4840 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 55 111.

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