Sarwar sentenced to three years

Athif Sarwar, managing director of United Wholesale (Scotland), has been sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted of an pound;845,000 money laundering scam.

Glasgow High Court was told the offences took place in 2003 when Sarwar received cash, described as criminal property, into the company’s business account.

The money was then concealed, disguised or converted before it was transferred as either cash or goods to an unknown person.

Sarwar denied the allegations and said he would have done nothing that would damage the reputation of his father, the Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar.

Athif, a marketing graduate, said he had put all his efforts into marketing the company after taking over as managing director in 2002, and he left accounting and banking to those under him.

Mohammad Sarwar protested his son’s innocence and said he planned to appeal the verdict.

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