Mother of Bowdon drug dealer jailed for 10 months for “despicable” fraud and money laundering

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The mother of a Bowdon drug dealer jailed for 37 years last year has been handed a 10-month sentence after an investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

Fatemah Sheibani, 75, was handed the sentence today at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to mortgage fraud and money laundering.

It comes just over a year after her “calculated, deceitful and scheming” son Aram Sheibani, 41, of Delamer Road, was jailed for a catalogue of fraud, money laundering and drug offences.

Fatemah had fled the country to Iran in August 2019 and a European arrest warrant was issued, but she returned to the UK when her son was sentenced.

Fatemah Sheibani and her son used fraud and deceit to fund their lavish lifestyles

On February 23rd this year, officers from Greater Manchester Police Money Laundering Team attended Manchester Airport where Fatemah was arrested after disembarking a flight from Turkey.

She was immediately remanded in custody and has been in Styal Prison until today, when she appeared in court.

Following the investigation, it came to light that Fatemah was embroiled in her son’s criminality, dishonestly obtaining money and transferring property worth £150,000 in the knowledge that it was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Fatemah’s son Aram was last year jailed for 37 years

DS Lucy Pearson, who led the investigation against both Fatemah and Aram Sheibani, said: “These people have been brought to justice thanks to the hard work of the Money Laundering Team, the wider Economic Crime Unit and Cyber Crime Team of the GMP serious crime division.

“Fatemah Sheibani and Aram Sheibani made the despicable decision to use fraud and deceit to fund their own lifestyles and I’m pleased that the sentence today has ensured they are now both facing punishment for their crimes.

“Fighting fraud is a relentless task but GMP are committed to securing justice for victims and will always seek to strip criminals of their ill-gotten gains.”

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