Five men and two women have been charged with conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, following a ten month investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). They have been released on conditional bail to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on 6 June 2011.
Codenamed Operation Enigma, the investigation culminated in raids across the North West, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire on Wednesday (May 18) involving 250 HMRC criminal investigators and supported by local polices forces.
The seven charged yesterday evening at Oldham Police Station are: Mohammed Aslam Jalal, 71, of 28 Bolton Road, Rochdale, Lancs; Khalida Sheikh, 55, of 30 Bolton Road, Rochdale, Lancs, Nouman Tariq, 34, of 30 Ashley Close, Rochdale, Lancs
Aneela Sheikh, 31, of 30 Ashley Close, Rochdale, Lancs, Shafaqat Ali, 42, of 22 Emma Street, Rochdale, Lancs
Osmaan Rashid, 29, of 1/3 Ellercroft Avenue, Bradford, West Yorks, Jawad Ahmed, 42, of 8 Middlebrook Way, Bradford, West Yorks