Kilburn brothel owner ordered to pay back �120,000 or face two years in jail
Crook ran his racket from houses in Kingsbury, Edgware and Harrow
A Kilburn brothel owner who ran his racket from houses in residential areas has been order to pay back �120,000.
Braz Alves Junior, 41, of Rathbone House in Brondesbury Road, lived off the proceeds made from three brothels he ran in Edgware, Harrow, and in Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury.
Last week a confiscation order hearing at Harrow Crown Court ordered him to pay up the six-figure sum by September or he will be jailed for two years.
He was convicted of money laundering to the sum of �54,000 and keeping a brothel during his trial in October last year.
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He received a 12 month suspended jail term and three months suspended sentence for the respective charges.
The court heard he was arrested after police stormed the three properties following complaints from fed-up residents.
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During a search of the properties officers discovered paperwork which showed Junior had made substantial cash deposits which he could not account for and which he had not declared to the Inland Revenue.
Detective Constable Justin Scott of the PayBack Unit at Harrow Police said: “Junior has lived off the proceeds of his criminal activity for the last five years.
“However, what he had not accounted for was that his disgruntled neighbours were not prepared to put up with such behaviour and reported him to the police.
“Police Sergeant Lorraine Warren of Queensbury SNT and her team must also be praised for conducting a diligent initial investigation which brought about the closure of these brothels.”