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Oct 19 2011

Man pleads guilty to running brothels and money laundering

On Friday 14 October, at Harrow Crown Court, Braz Alves Junior received a 12 month suspended prison sentence under the Proceeds of Crime Act for money laundering offences and a three month suspended prison sentence for three counts of keeping a brothel.

Braz Alves Junior was arrested after residents raised concerns to their local Safer Neighbourhoods team that a property in Teignmouth Road, Harrow was being used as a brothel. Queensbury SNT investigated the matter and served closure orders on that property and two others, one in Turner Road, Edgware and another in Honeypot Lane, Stanmore.

Whilst officers were searching the properties, they found paperwork belonging to Junior which led them to conduct enquiries with Lloyds Bank. Over five years, Junior had made substantial cash deposits which he could not account for and which he had not declared to the Inland Revenue. He was charged with one count of money laundering and three counts of keeping a brothel in December 2010. In April 2011, Junior pleaded guilty to all of the offences. The total sum he pleaded guilty to laundering was £54,000.

Detective Constable Justin Scott of the PayBack Unit at Harrow Police said:

“Mr Junior has lived off the proceeds of his criminal activity for the last five years. However, what he had not accounted for was that his disgruntled neighbours were not prepared to put up with such behaviour and reported him to the police. By coming forward and providing statements to the police they helped bring about this successful prosecution.

Police Sergeant Lorraine Warren of Queensbury SNT and her team must also be praised for conducting a diligent initial investigation which brought about the closure of these brothels.”

Source: Metropolitan Police

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