Money smuggling

December 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Police seized more than $1 million after three men were stopped at Auckland International Airport with bundles of cash strapped to their bodies.

Customs’ officers noticed the three Japanese were walking unusually when they arrived at the airport and found each had around US$150,000 taped to his stomach and legs.

If $100 bills, then that is 1,500 bills each.

The cash was seized and charges of failing to declare cash and importing a prohibited good were laid against Yoshiaki Tanaka, his son Yusuke Tanaka and the unrelated Minoru Tanaka. All three were bailed to a hotel in downtown Auckland and will appear in the Manukau District Court next month.

The police also investigated New Zealand bank accounts in the names of three men and have frozen another $484,700.

Of that, $441,232 was from a US foreign currency account. The Herald understands the men flew to Hawaii and deposited cash in a bank, which was then transferred to an ASB account in New Zealand, shortly before they arriving in Auckland last month.

Interesting. Some money being transferred in legitimately, and some smuggled in.

The restraining order application by the police alleges there are “reasonable grounds to believe the property is tainted property” and that the defendants “have unlawfully benefited from significant criminal activity”.

On behalf of the three men, David Jones, QC, has filed an opposition to the forfeiture application, saying the $1,081,196 was not “tainted property” but was acquired legitimately and is the property of a third party.

If it was legitimate, why was it strapped to their bodies? Good try.

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17 Responses to “Money smuggling”

  1. tas (530 comments) says:

    bitcoin?

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  2. anonymouse (652 comments) says:

    If they believed they could justify the 500k they wired why the hell did they try to smuggle the rest?
    This is just wired , half visibly transferred and half concealed?

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  3. metcalph (1,293 comments) says:

    I wonder if the smugglers were Japanese of North Korean extraction. In which case, the banknotes could be forgeries. If so, I would caution David Jones QC to examine his payment _very_ carefully.

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  4. duggledog (1,119 comments) says:

    If I were them I wouldn’t worry about it. You can smuggle live black scorpions into this country and receive nothing but a smacked bottom with a wet Postie Plus catalogue…

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  5. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Maybe they can get Graham McCready to defend them :D

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  6. tvb (3,948 comments) says:

    You cannot conclude this money is illegal. Strapping it to their body is a safer method than carrying it loose in a bag. Why cash you ask. Why indeed but it still does not conclusively make it hot money.

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  7. burt (7,096 comments) says:

    tvb

    So if it wasn’t ‘hot’ then they would have declared it….

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  8. bringbackdemocracy (350 comments) says:

    Were they acting for David Shearer????

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  9. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    Fark, Customs must have a shit of a time trying to interpret the funny walks that the obesity epidemic has brought…..not to mention Delhi belly causing a bit of the old touch cloth syndrome,that can result in the “opps ” waddle!

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  10. mister nui (885 comments) says:

    Another reason why this country desperately needs $1000 notes…

    Even carrying legitimate amounts across borders means you end up with a wallet 3 inches thick….

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  11. peterwn (2,940 comments) says:

    tvb – You are required to declare it if you are bringing into NZ or taking out of NZ more than $NZ10K worth of cash, travellers cheques, etc. You tick the appropriate box on the ‘arrival’ card and customs givee you a form to fill in. Ifit is legit – no worries.

    Looks like Bill English is $1.3M or so further ahead in clearing the deficit.

    cops will check it for forgeries and if any are found will let the Secret Service know.

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  12. wikiriwhis business (3,302 comments) says:

    ‘Looks like Bill English is $1.3M or so further ahead in clearing the deficit.’

    The deficit will never be cleared. There will always be a glitch in the system.

    TPP and it’s erroneous sub clauses the govt did not want us to see cited extrememly glitchy.

    Wikileaks heroes !

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  13. Steve (North Shore) (4,330 comments) says:

    Which political party is broke?

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  14. wreck1080 (3,533 comments) says:

    hardly the crime of the century — almost not even enough to buy 1/2 a dump in auckland.

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  15. MH (558 comments) says:

    a waist of police time

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  16. longbow (130 comments) says:

    you’d be surprised how many asian travelers strap money to their body.

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  17. wrightingright (132 comments) says:

    MH…. “a waist” you say? Yup, that is where the money is!

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