The eldest son of hate preacher Abu Hamza has been ordered to repay £5,200 despite making nearly £180,000 from a money laundering plot
- Tito Ibn-Sheikh, 35, got information from an HSBC bank insider for the plot
- Bank accounts were then used to launder the proceeds of theft and fraud
- Hamza was jailed for a total of three years and nine months in January for fraud
- He is the eldest son of the infamous hook-handed hate speech Abu Hamza’
The eldest son of the hateful cleric Abu Hamza has been ordered to pay back just £5,200 despite making nearly £180,000 from a money laundering plot.
Tito Ibn-Sheikh, 35, was handed information by an HSBC bank insider, which he used to create false identities for account holders, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The bank accounts were then used to launder the proceeds of theft and fraud, with victims losing a total of £342,000 between May 2018 and December 2019.
Ibn-Sheikh, one of Hamza’s eight children, was jailed for a total of three years and nine months in January.
He appeared via video link from HMP Highpoint in Suffolk and confirmed his benefit from the money laundering scheme was £179,413.
But his recoverable assets are just £5,242.64 and a judge ordered the money to be seized after a brief hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act today.
Ibn-Sheikh was also sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2014 for leading a gang that kidnapped and tortured a man for a £15,000 debt.
At the time of the money laundering program, Ibn-Sheikh was licensed after his release from prison.
Tito Ibn-Sheikh (pictured) got information from an HSBC bank insider, which he used to create false identities for account holders, Southwark Crown Court heard
Ibn-Sheikh is one of eight children of radical Muslim hate cleric Abu Hamza (pictured)
Judge Adam Hiddleston said: “I will issue the order for confiscation of the amount available, which has been suspended as part of an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
‘A serious crime prevention order must also be imposed.
“These restrictions on communications equipment and other terms and conditions are in effect five years from the date you are released from prison.
“If you violate any of the terms of the warrant, that’s a separate offense for which you can be punished.
“Of course these are serious matters.”
Ibn-Sheikh, of Godolphin Road, Shepherd’s Bush, west London, admitted on January 11 this year two charges of conspiracy to convert criminal property, possession of an article for use in fraud, possession of fraudulent identity documents and possession of criminal property. †
Ibn-Sheikh, one of Hamza’s eight children, was sentenced to a total of three years and nine months in prison at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday (Photo: Library Image)
Former Finsbury Mosque imam Abu Hamza, 64, faces life without parole after being found guilty of terror offenses in both the UK and US.
Another of his sons, Yasser Kamel, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison last April after being caught in his home with cocaine, MDMA and ketamine worth £30,000
After Ibn-Sheikh was jailed earlier this year, Russell Tyner, of the CPS Organized Crime Division, said: “Ibn-Sheikh was perfectly prepared to bank and move large amounts of stolen money.
“The number of passports and other IDs showed that he was more than just a neutral recipient of the money.
He was an active and willing participant in the conspiracy and he had the ability and resources to create fake accounts to launder money.
“His pleas demonstrate the strength of the case against him.
“These are not victimless crimes and where possible the CPS will work with our law enforcement partners to bring money laundering cases to court and recover any ill-gotten gains.”
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