Suspended jail term for man in cash laundering court case

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A man left by associates to “face the music” over handling the proceeds from a string of brothels - including one in Sudbury - has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Mircea-ovidiu Aver, 22, was arrested in March last year after police began calling phone numbers listed on a website.

Among addresses visited by officers was one in Lucas Road, Sudbury, where Romanian sex workers said they were working voluntarily and refused to assist with enquiries.

Two other premises were identified in Ipswich and two in Colchester, Ipswich CrownCourt heard.

Prosecuting, Hugh Vass said that police then discovered that Aver’s bank account had been used to launder more than £30,000 gained through running the brothels.

Aver, of Harrow, London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and wassentenced by Judge David Goodin to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid community work.

Aver denied a second charge of conspiring to assist in the management or keeping of a brothel and the court heard that this would not be proceeded with but left on file.

Appearing for Aver, Christopher Paxton said others involved with the offending had fled from the UK, leaving behind Aver to “face the music.”

While admitting he had laundered the money, Aver said he had found it difficult to turn down the request to do so, which had been made by his uncle.

Judge Goodin said a further hearing will take place to consider recouping as much as possible of that which Aver gained from his offending.