Bilton convict must still pay up after being caught smuggling cash in Subway sandwich boxes

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A RUGBY man caught smuggling dodgy cash in Subway sandwich boxes tried to avoid repaying his ill-gotten gains - but failed.

Jasbir Aulak, 43, of Gardiner End, Bilton, was jailed for three years July 2008, after he admitted money laundering and possessing criminal property.

In July last year, a judge confiscated Aulak’ s assets - worth £25,000 - after concluding he had a “criminal lifestyle” and “benefited” from crime to the tune of £150,000.

Aulak tried last week to have his confiscation order overturned at London’ s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was made “too late”

- as it was more than two years after his conviction.

But his appeal was dismissed by senior judges, who said the crown court judge was “entitled” to extend time for the case to be heard, following a number of delays.

Aulak was arrested following an investigation into a plot to smuggle hundreds of thousands of pounds to a currency exchange in sandwich boxes.

The conspiracy was scuppered when police stopped him and an accomplice and found a cavity in the roof of their car, which had been used to hide

cash.

After Aulak admitted his wrongdoing, a confiscation hearing was set up to determine how much money he had made illegally.

But there were numerous delays, because more time was needed to gather evidence of his financial affairs. Dismissing the appeal, Mrs Justice Nicola

Davies said the delays in the case were “exceptional circumstances”.