A fraudster changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods so as to cash a stolen cheque, a court docket heard.
Money mules Evariste Luteke, 54, Marlon Aghostinho, 27, Antoinette Kalunga, 32 and George Sourou, 23, all helped launder lacking cheques made out by grocery store Aldi to varied suppliers.
Essex property agent Sourou changed his name to Mr Irish Dog Foods earlier than receiving a cheque for £17,833 and making a sequence of cash withdrawals.
When he was arrested police discovered numerous paperwork bearing the identical bogus name.
Only £9,995 of the cash was finally recovered.
Inner London Crown Court heard how Aghostinho, from Tottenham, changed his checking account name to Mr Biscuits Leclerk in May 2016 and dispersed a complete of £18,000.
Healthcare help employee Kalunga, from Enfield, changed her account name to Kordis Ltd on May 5 and banked £29,950 which was equally rapidly transferred and withdrawn.
She once more changed her account name utilizing solid papers, this time to Shaper Haggart, however the cheque was blocked earlier than a second fee might be obtained.
Prosecutor Jonathan Gold stated: ‘All the offences had been dedicated towards HSBC financial institution who supplied banking providers to Aldi.
‘Theft of cheques made out by Aldi to its suppliers, then put in accounts arrange by the defendants for taking the funds.
‘Mr Luteke’s offences issues German meals provider Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.
‘They provide Aldi with meals and Aldi pay them.
‘The cheque had not been obtained by the provider, HSBC appeared and noticed that had been put in a Barclays enterprise account.
‘The account was within the name of Mr Luteke buying and selling as Copack Tiefkuhlkost Ltd.
‘He had arrange an account in the identical name in order that when Aldi issued the cheque it might be stolen and put into his.
‘£28,000 was stolen and by the time Barclays froze the account only £10,000 was left.’
Mature scholar and father-of-three Luteke, from Croydon additionally had a enterprise account which was used to switch one other £20,000 which was by no means recovered.
All 4 admitted coming into right into a cash laundering association and buying prison property.
Sourou was accountable for losses totalling £7,926, Aghostinho £17,950, Kalunga £27,950 and Luteke £37,197.
They had been every handed six-month suspended sentences and ordered to perform between 80 and 120 hours’ unpaid work.
Judge Samantha Crabb stated: ‘You are all listed collectively for sentencing though I settle for that there was no connection between you or working collectively.
‘Each of your offences had been dedicated towards the identical sufferer and headed by the identical individuals.
‘The offences adopted on from the theft of cheques made by Aldi to varied suppliers, paid into varied accounts.
‘The cash was dispersed in quite a lot of methods, I settle for that you simply had no involvement in that.
‘However, your roles were pivotal in the removal of that money.’