A former Metropolitan Police officer would turn up to cash handovers to confiscate funds from his gang's rivals while in uniform.
Kashif Mahmood dressed in his uniform and used marked and unmarked police cars to confiscate “significant quantities of criminal cash” from rival gangs as it was being exchanged, PA reports.
Southwark Crown Court heard that the 32-year-old from Essex was a member of a “highly lucrative” operation that seized at least £850,000 from other criminals.
Sentencing Mahmood, Judge David Tomlinson said the corrupt copper “abused his position of power, trust and responsibility” and his actions exploited his colleagues in the force.
Judge Tomlinson added that the criminal couriers were also put in harm’s way, as they would not have been able to explain to their bosses how the money was taken.
The defendant was sentenced to eight years reduced from 12 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to acquire criminal property and misconduct in public office.
Mitigating, William Emlyn Jones told the court on May 13: “He accepts that this is no one’s fault but his own. It is his own fault he has lost his good character and his hard-earned reputation.”
He said Mahmood achieved his “boyhood dream” of becoming a police officer at the age of 21, despite having a “challenging” childhood during which he was stabbed when he refused to join a neighbourhood gang.
Mr Emlyn Jones said Mahmood’s remorse was “genuine”, and added that he was “misled” about the extent of the gang’s criminal activity and did not take a cut of the money seized.
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He told the court Mahmood did not live a “lavish lifestyle”, as suggested, and three of the four designer watches submitted as evidence were “cheap knock-offs”.
He was sentenced alongside brothers Mohsin Khan, 36, and Shazad Khan, 33, both of Babbacombe Gardens, Ilford; Shabaz Khan, 33, of Barkingside, east London; Mohsin Khan’s partner, Maria Shah, also of Ilford; and Ioan Gherghel, 34, of Keogh Road, Stratford.
All were banned from travelling outside of the UK for five years after their release.
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