Cases recently defended
Some of the cases recently defended and dealt with by Ayeh include the following;
RK – this case involved 8 Defendants accused of money laundering over £50M. The Defendants were mostly directors and executives of various companies accused of setting up a sophisticated and elaborate scheme to launder money. All Defendants were found not guilty following one week of legal arguments on disclosure. The case was heard at the Old Bailey.
SP – this was a case involving 7 defendants money laundering over £6M. This concerned a number of bureau de changes and their directors operating in central London. The defendants were accused of purchasing very large amounts of cash in Euros from wholesale companies. It was alleged that cash Euros were being exchanged for cash sterling pounds which was criminal property. The directors were accused of breaching the MLRs (Money Laundering Regulations). The case was dealt with at Southwark Crown Court. Our client was found not guilty of all charges.
MK – the case involved 6 Iranian Defendants who were executive directors and secretaries of several companies accused of money laundering £5M. Some of the companies operated money exchange offices using the “Havala” system to exchange monies with individuals based in Dubai and Iran. Some aspects of the case involved breaching the UN sanctions on Iran and consequently the UK treasury embargos. Our client was found not guilty of all charges. The case was heard at the Blackfriars Crown Court.
HA, a case concerning insurance fraud. The client was accused of arranging cash for crash incidents and making false insurance claims. The case was heard at the Old Bailey and the client was found not guilty of all charges.
MK – a case of 6 Iranian defendants charged with conspiracy to groom, rape and supply drugs to a large number of young girls in the Chelmsford area. This case received a great deal of publicity as the trial went on. The defendant was found not guilty of all charges.
AA – this was a case of fraud involving 7 defendants accused of defrauding members of the public by the amount of over £1M. The fraud was said to have been operated by making telephone calls to members of the public and convincing them to transfer money from their bank account to companies which did not in fact exist. The case was dealt with at the Southwark Crown Court. Our client was found not guilty of all charges.
FK – this case involved 3 Defendants charged with kidnapping, blackmail and false imprisonment. The case involved accusations of kidnapping an individual and torturing him over three days whilst held in false imprisonment in order to force the family to pay the demanded ransom. All Defendants were found not guilty of all charges. Case dealt with at Southwark Crown Court.
GG – a case involving 3 polish nationals accused of murder. The case concerned finding the body of the deceased on the street. He had been stabbed in the neck with a knife. Witnesses had seen him run out of a nearby house. Three people were arrested after police looked at the CCTV coverage of the nearby streets which showed them going to the house where the deceased had come from. The case was dealt with at the Old Bailey.
AJ – a case of insurance fraud in respect of lost luggage at airports. The client was accused of arranging false insurance claims on the basis of lost luggage at various airports. The case was heard at Harrow Crown Court and the client was found not guilty of all charges.
MS – a case involving 2 defendants accused of insurance fraud and perverting the course of justice. The case involved traffic offences and a serious accident. The defendants were accused of providing false details to the police about the identity of the driver and making a false insurance claim. The case was dealt with at Teesside Crown Court.
FZ – a case where 6 Defendants were accused of conspiracy to avoid the payment of tax on importation of cigarettes on a large scale involving several lorries coming from Poland. The amount of tax alleged to have been avoided was over £1M. The evidence involved undercover police surveillance, telephone evidence as well as storage records. The case was heard at Wood Green Crown Court.
CG – a case which arose from operation Trident involving discovery of firearms and ammunition as well as class A drugs. The client was accused of selling the firearms and supplying the ammunition. There was a long undercover surveillance by officers from operation Trident. The client was found not guilty of all charges. The case was heard at wood green Crown Court.
EA – a case of fraud about three Polish defendants who were each company directors running estate agencies. They were accused of obtaining monies by fraud in respect of rental for properties which did not exist and were not going to be available for rental. The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court.
MH – a case of fraud alleged against a company director who charged members of the public for deposits in respect of rental agreement on properties which he had no instructions to rent. The case was heard at Isleworth Crown Court.
C – a case concerning rage on board a plane from Dubai to London. Client was accused of being drunk on board the flight. She was accused of having started a fight which had resulted in her being restrained on to her seat. Upon arrest at the airport she was said to have assaulted the police. Client was successfully defended and avoided a custodial sentence.
MZ – a case concerning air rage on board a flight from India to the UK. The client was accused of being drunk on the plane, having attacked the crew, torn up warning notices given to him, he was then said to have been restrained on to his seat and arrested upon landing at the airport. Client was successfully defended and avoided a custodial sentence.
RS – case of 6 Lithuanian defendants charged with conspiracy to do sham marriages. The conspiracy was described by the Crown as highly sophisticated with an international angle involving 26 sham marriages. Croydon Crown Court. The cases was covered by national media on a regular basis until its conclusion.
JP – this was an unusual case of smuggling a large amount of class A drugs where the Defendants themselves were accused of flying a single engine aeroplane into the UK carrying all the drugs. The case was dealt with at the Old Bailey.
BR – a case of murder. The Defendant was a war veteran from Afghanistan accused of beating the deceased to death with his bear hands. He was found sitting by the body of the deceased paying a guitar. The was dealt with at the Old Bailey.
ID – a case of murder involving 3 defendants on the basis of joint enterprise. The defendants were accused of stabbing a young boy in the street. The case was dealt with at the Old Bailey.
BK – this his case involved 4 Defendants accused of murder and robbery. The Crown’s case was that some of the Defendants along with the deceased had gone to rob one of the Defendants who had then killed the deceased with a knife. The case was heard at the Oxford Crown Court and our client was found not guilty of all charges.
MC – this was a case of manslaughter involving our client in a street fight where the other man was killed during the fight. The defence of self-defence was successful made out and our client was found not guilty. The case was heard at the Wood Green Crown Court.
BM – a case involving 9 Albanian Defendants accused of supplying 15 kilos of class A drugs. The case involved undercover police surveillance and a large amount of telephone evidence. This included cell site evidence as well as social media chat logs. The case was heard at the Harrow Crown Court.
KR – this was a case of human trafficking and facilitation in breaching section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971. In this case 7 Kurdish and 1 Afghan nationals were accused of smuggling several people across Europe and into the UK where they were held in false imprisonment until their families paid the agreed monies for the smuggling. The case was heard at the Southwark Crown Court.
KR – this was a case of murder and unlawful burial. 6 Polish nationals living in one household were accused of unlawful burial of a man who had been murdered in the house. The body had been initially left in one of the bedrooms for several days before it was buried in the back of the garden. Our client was found not guilty of all charges. The case was heard at the Isleworth Crown Court.
SG – this was a case of controlling prostitution and modern day slavery. The case involved accusations that our client had been running a brothel and bring girls from Poland to work in their. Our client was found not guilty of all charges. The case was heard at Southwark Crown Court.
AB – this was a large scale highly sophisticated fraud said to have involved several Romanian individuals. The fraud involved ATM machine fraud, selling goods on eBay and gum tree which did not exist. Monies were removed by online banking. The case was dealt with at the Harrow Crown Court.
DTT – this involved 9 Vietnamese Defendants accused of cannabis cultivation involving several different cannabis farms in west London. The case was heard at the Isleworth Crown Court.
DD – was a case of extradition where our client was requested by the German authorities on charges of drugs. Our client’s case was successfully defended and the extradition requested was dismissed.
B – One of the biggest ever human trafficking cases to be dealt with in the UK. The client was the leader of an Iranian political group who was accused of conspiring to smuggle over 2000 refugees from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan into Europe. The operation was said to have been done through the headquarters of the political party based in London. The case was dealt with at Kingston Crown Court.
VL – a case involving 4 Lithuanian nationals accused of conspiracy to steal high value cars by way of a very sophisticated operation. The case concerned the development of electronic devices which enabled keyless entry into vehicles by disabling the electronic control panel remotely. It was said that more than 80 cars were stolen in this way. There was a police surveillance of about 6 months, a large amount of telephone evidence and ANPR data. The case was heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Q – a case of benefit fraud as well as identity fraud brought against a single mother by the Council. The case was heard at Harrow Crown Court and the client was found not guilty of all charges.
S – a case of benefit fraud alleged to have been carried out over a period of 6 years. The Client was found not guilty of all charges. Case heard at Harrow Crown Court.
B – a case involving a husband and his wife concerning benefit fraud of housing benefit and income support on the basis that they had purchased a property with a mortgage in the name of one of them and had carried on obtaining housing benefit for several years. By written representations the Council did not continue to prosecute the matter.
HT – a famous young singer accused of benefit fraud by Ealing Council. The case concerned working at the same time as claiming benefits. By written representations the Council agreed not to continue the prosecution.
RSK – a case of benefit fraud on the basis that housing benefit had been falsely claimed under several different names for a period of 8 years. By written representations the Council agreed not to prosecute the matter.
MD – a case of benefit fraud stretching over a period of 10 years. The client was accused of using false names and false identification records to claim several different benefits. By written representations the council agreed not to prosecute the matter.