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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:19 pm 
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ONE IN A MILLION CHANCER Taxi boss sobs in court as he’s jailed for trying to smuggle £900,000 out of Scotland to Dubai

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A TAXI boss who tried to smuggle almost £900,000 of dirty money out of Scotland sobbed in the dock as he was jailed for the crime.

Lukas Pokorny, 42, was snared at Glasgow Airport last November 8 before boarding a flight to Dubai.

UK Border Force officers uncovered a total of £867,030 in mixed currencies stashed in plastic bags under blue velvet cloth inside three suitcases.

Pokorny pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to a charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act of attempting to remove the money from the country.

He sobbed as he was caged for one year today.

Lady Stacey told him: "This involved a lot of money. I have to take a view which marks society's disapproval of people who assist in money laundering."

The one year sentence was back-dated to November last year when Pokorny was first remanded.

The court heard Czech-born Pokorny had originally flown into Edinburgh Airport from Prague on November 7 before travelling to Glasgow and spending a night in a hotel.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC said Pokorny had arrived in Scotland with only a tan-coloured holdall - but arrived for his Emirates flight to Dubai with three suitcases.

The amount of luggage for the two week trip sparked questions from suspicious Border Force officials.

Mr Prentice told the hearing: "He was asked what was in them and he said 'things for my friends...lots of jackets and gifts...'.

"Pokorny said an associate had a jet ski school in Dubai and that he was going out to work as an instructor."

The cases were opened and a "large quantity" of cash was discovered in each hidden in plastic bags under blue velvet cloth.

Mr Prentice added: "This was indicative of a large scale money laundering operation."

His QC today said Pokorny had previously been of "impeccable character" and had been offered £5,000 to transport the cash.

Brian McConnachie, defending, added: "He had his own business in the Czech Republic.

"When the coronavirus pandemic struck that business was very badly affected.

"He was approached, more than once, by someone he knew that there was a way to earn money. The way was to take money from one country to Dubai."

When the dad ended up strapped for cash, the QC said "against his better judgement", he resorted to crime.

The person who Pokorny knew was stopped at Heathrow Airport with £1.3m on the same day. He has since been jailed for 26 months.

Mr McConnachie said Pokorny had "scant knowledge" of where the money came from, but knew it was "obtained in some illegitimate way".

Prosecutors today moved for the cash found on Pokorny to be confiscated.

Lady Stacey ordered this to be paid within seven days.

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He sobbed as he was caged for one year today.

Maybe he was sobbing over what the people who gave him the money will do when he comes out. :-k

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He sobbed as he was caged for one year today.

Maybe he was sobbing over what the people who gave him the money will do when he comes out. :-k



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The person who Pokorny knew was stopped at Heathrow Airport with £1.3m on the same day. He has since been jailed for 26 months.


I suspect the people whose money it was knew police onto them and found a dope to get caught and take the rap

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:53 am 
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Saw this case a few months ago pre-sentencing.

Couldn't really work out if there was any real taxi angle, since it's really just mentioned in the passing. Most information via Google is:

Glasgow Evening Times wrote:
The court was told Pokorny had a "taxi business" in his homeland prior to his arrest.

No further background about the money was given today/yesterday.

Glasgow Live wrote:
Lukas Pokorny turned to crime after his taxi business was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

So he could be anything back home, I suppose, from an owner-driver like me to a big taxi mogul :-o


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