Belfast Telegraph

Lecturer accused of laundering drugs cash

By Paul Higgins

A university lecturer and his wife both wept in the court as they were accused of laundering almost £1m for an international gang of criminals.

On Saturday at Newtownards Magistrates Court, Dr Yifan Zhao (35) and his wife Gieo Huimin (34) cried throughout the 20-minute hearing as a police officer claimed that despite earning £28,000 as an engineering lecturer at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, the couple had a bank balance of £400,000, owned three houses and two top-of-the-range cars.

The couple, with an address at Longleat Court, Milton Keynes, are jointly charged with four offences including possessing criminal property, converting criminal property, namely cash, entering a criminal arrangement to acquire criminal property and cheating the public revenue, all alleged to have occurred on various dates between April 18, 2013 and March 25 this year.

District Judge Mark Hamill remanded Zhao into custody to appear on June 26 via videolink and told Huimin he would hear her bail application this Tuesday.

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