Money Laundering: CDPP v TCH

Money laundering trip from Hong Kong to Australia

money launderingTCH flew to Australia from Hong Kong for the purpose of picking up cash on behalf of a money laundering syndicate. Australian Federal Police (AFP) tracked TCH as he engaged in several cash pick-ups. When they arrested TCH he was in possession of over $100K in cash. TCH was refused bail. He instructed his criminal defence solicitors to plead guilty to the offence.

Outcome: time in remand meant minimal sentence in custody

During the sentencing hearing, the defence submissions made it clear that TCH was essentially a pawn in the operations of the money laundering syndicate. They told him that collecting the money was legal, and promised him a job when he finished collecting the money. TCH accepted the offer of work because his wife in Hong Kong was sick. He needed money to pay for her medication. The fact that TCH involved himself in the money laundering for less than a month was also favourable to his case.

The District Court handed down a sentence of imprisonment. However, due to the time that TCH had already spent in remand, he was eligible for release five days after the sentencing hearing.


  • Possessing money reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime, Section 400.9(1) Criminal Code (Cth)
  • plea of guilty
  • mitigating factors submitted upon sentencing
  • imprisonment back-dated to account for time served


O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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