Former car wash owner facing money-laundering allegation

THREE men are due to appear in court this morning charged with various offences after an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Police and SOCA officers swooped on 14 properties in Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Flatts, Dewsbury and Wakefield in April.

At the time police said they had seized cash and prestige cars in the raids, which also took place in Bolton and Humberside.

Now Azam Yaqoob, 38, from Dewsbury, who used to own Mr Sparkles’ car wash in the town, faces three counts of theft, three of converting criminal property, one of transferring criminal property and one of entering into a money laundering arrangement.

Mr Yaqoob’s controversial nine-bed 1m mansion in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield – which he built without proper planning permission – was one of the properties raided.

His brother Mahmood, 33, from Ravensthorpe, has also been charged, with two counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, one of fraud by false representation and one of acquiring criminal property.

A third man, Ibrar Ali, 35, from Dewsbury, has also been charged with fraud by false representation.

All three are on bail and will appear before Leeds magistrates today.

Police said a 54-year-old man from Wakefield who was arrested in April in connection with the enquiry had been released without charge.

Azam Yaqoob was unavailable for comment.