15 Oct 2020
Police seized a Lamborghini worth nearly half a million dollars during a raid on an alleged money laundering service in Auckland.
The Lamborghini Huracan, worth $450,000, was seized alongside a Mercedes G Wagon worth $280,000 and five other luxury cars.
A Rayglass boat and high-end motorcycles were also seized.
During a police press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Auckland police said six people had been arrested during the early-morning raids in Te Atatū, New Lynn and Half Moon Bay.
The arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation into money laundering activity by the Financial Crime Group, detective superintendent Iain Chapman said.
Four men and two women, ranging in age from 29-65 years old, were arrested.
All have been charged with money laundering offences, which carry a maximum jail term of seven years.
A 40-year-old man is expected to appear in the Auckland District Court on Thursday.
The others will appear in the Auckland District Court on October 20.
“Police inquiries are ongoing and we are unable to rule out the possibility of further people being charged,” police said in a statement.
The money had come from drug dealing and the alleged money laundering service had been disguised “within a semi-legitimate business”, Chapman said.
“Largely the money was injected into the financial networks within New Zealand, but we were seeing a significant amount of money sent overseas to China.”
Restraining orders had also been filed in Christchurch in relation to the group, Chapman said.
“The action is going to send a really clear message to those organised crime groups … we’re taking down the professional facilitators who enable the organised crime to take place in the first place.”
By Hannah Martin and George Block, Stuff, 14 October 2020
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