An Indian-origin cabbie, Harmeet Singh, 37, has been sentenced to 14 months in jail, after the Melbourne County Court found him guilty of transporting a suitcase carrying $500,000 of unaccounted money in his taxi, 3 years ago. Harmeet was pulled over by police in Melbourne’s Ringwood suburb in October 2013.
Police found a suitcase stashed with $500,000 in cash, which they suspected was part of money laundering operation. Once the police apprehended him, it was known that he had collected this consignment from a US citizen in Melbourne. Singh had reportedly collected money from a US citizen Mendoza, who travelled to Melbourne for the purpose. Police charged him of dealing with the proceeds of crime in an amount greater than $100,000.
Singh was reportedly taking orders from an associate in India, but it was not yet known where exactly the money came from or where it was going to. The Melbourne County Court jury accusing him as an integral part of the money laundering operation, pronounced him guilty. He has been jailed for 14 months.