Falklands War veteran jailed for money laundering

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  1. Falklands War veteran jailed for laundering
    Nov 01 2007 Marcus Simpson

    A Falklands War veteran has received an eight-month jail term after he admitted laundering £45,260 belonging to a London health trust. David Alwyn Heaton, 44, of Queensbury, Bradford, laundered the money, which had been earmarked for patient health care, after his business imploded.

    Prosecutor Andrew Stubbs told Complinet that Heaton was convicted, at Leeds Crown Court, of a single count of breaching Section 327 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, in February 2005. The Leeds regional assets recovery team launched the investigation of Heaton's actions, which eventually led to his conviction.

    Heaton, who was awarded medals for his service in the Falklands and Northern Ireland, was already serving a 32-month sentence, which he received on March 6 after he pleaded guilty to five breaches of s327 of PoCA. Stubbs explained that the charges related to a £2m nationwide fraud of the Abbey Bank, which took place between late 2004 and 2005. The prosecution of this fraud eventually led to ten people being jailed.

    Judge Shaun Spencer, QC, ordered that Heaton should serve the eight-month term consecutively with his existing sentences. He also disqualified Heaton from being a company director for seven years.

    Invoice scam

    Stubbs told Leeds Crown Court that the criminals had targeted Southwark Primary Care Trust and sent false invoices, with bogus signatures, probably aided by a corrupt employee, for which payments were made.

    Heaton laundered the £45,260 in a false invoice to the care trust, which was raised in the name of CR Storage. He admitted that CR Storage was effectively his company, despite his being bankrupt. Heaton set up a transport company after he left the army, and employed 18 staff with a fleet of 15 to 18 lorries. His company had a turnover of £1.75m. A major customer went into receivership, which reportedly had a dire effect on Heaton's business. This, the defence argued, led him to commit his crimes.

    Judge Spencer said that other criminals raided the trust's funds by tendering bogus invoices for work not done and for goods and services that were not supplied. Heaton's role was purely to launder the stolen funds.
     
  2. Another non story,why do they feeel the need to tell us he was ex army? if he was an ex baker would they say that? just the normal journo's using the fact that he was in the Army to sensationalise the story.