Business student jailed after laundering £110,000 for crime gang

Guofeng Sun was caught with a bag of cash he was laundering for an organised crime gang.

Glasgow business student jailed after laundering £110,000 for crime gang through the Post Office SNS Group

A business student caught funnelling money through the Post Office for an organised crime gang has been jailed for nine months.

Guofeng Sun made five trips to branches across Glasgow between February and May 2021.

Sun deposited a total of £110,000 in small sums of dirty money into a number of random bank cards.

The 26-year-old was convicted of money laundering after his accomplice gave evidence at his trial.

Zechen Zhang, 26, pled guilty last year at Glasgow Sheriff Court to money laundering a total of £325,000.

Zhang, of the city’s Partick, was locked up for 11 months before he took to the witness box at the same court.

He told Sun’s trial that the pair worked for the same associates and even carried out drop offs in a shared Audi sports car.

Sun meantime claimed that he didn’t think if what he did was illegal.

Sun, a first offender of the city’s Parkhouse, was found guilty to his own charge of money laundering and will be sentenced next month.

The charge is aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime.

The court heard Sun was snared with a bag of cash while police kept tabs on Zhang.

Zhang told the trial that he was paid £3,000 to £4,000 to deposit money at the Post Office.

He stated that he told Sun about the operation after jurors heard he met a person called Fiona.

Prosecutor Mark Allan stated in his closing speech: “Zhang and Sun performed the same role.

“Sun did the same thing – collect cash and cards and go to the Post Office.

“They both had access to the same Audi and they sometimes passed the key to each other.

“You heard on occasion they would work with each other.”

Mr Allan stated that the operation had a “hallmark of crime.”

He added: “It must have been perfectly obvious to this exclusively educated student of business management.

“If it was not obvious to him, then I would be back at the university for a refund.”

The trial was told that Sun visited Post Office branches in the city’s Sandyford, Bellahouston, Hyndland and Crosshill.

Sun deposited sums between £5,000 and £30,000.

Jurors were told that Sun claimed that he “did not think about” if the money came from crime. 

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