LEFT – Susan Megwa
RIGHT – Eronini Megwa


A Denton-based pharmacist and a communications professor at the University of Texas at Arlington were indicted recently by a Denton County grand jury.

Susan Megwa and Eronini Megwa were part of the Denton Police Department’s two-year investigation into Megs Discount Pharmacy on Sunset Street. They were arrested in May on diversion of controlled substances and money laundering charges, according to police records. Susan Megwa was arrested and charged for a second time in June.

On Dec. 4, the husband and wife were each indicted on money laundering charges. In addition, Susan Megwa was also indicted on two counts of diversion of controlled substances and one count of delivering a controlled substance.

Susan Megwa’s Austin-based attorney, Gerry Morris, refused to comment pertaining to his client’s case. Eronini Megwa did not have an attorney on file, according to Denton County court records.

During a search of the couple’s Southlake home earlier this year, investigators found a journal of cash transactions from 2012 linked to the pharmacy, according to affidavits obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

The journal, records show, indicated that thousands of dollars in cash were used for shopping, gifts or money transfers to Nigeria. The journal also noted that $161,000 was moved into a safe, records show.

Between November 2011 and December 2012, $223,000 was transferred to Nigeria from a Megs Discount Pharmacy bank account, according to the affidavits.

Investigators said the pharmacy was believed to be a hub for drugs for many residents of Dallas and Fort Worth, including doctors from south of Dallas.

Denton police investigators said that they had received previous reports about the ease with which medications could be obtained from Megs Pharmacy and that some people were traveling from as far away as Houston to get their prescriptions filled in Denton.

“She ordered as much or more [drugs] than a 24-hour pharmacy, and she is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Rachel Fleming, Denton police investigator, said in an earlier interview. “She was selling/filling drugs to people that weren’t even people, using fake names.”

Both of them are scheduled to be arraigned in January, according to Denton County court records.



UK 5


Rim Stafuka, Bonni Tufa, Kamber Shera, Petrit Spahiya, Rim Stafuka


An Albanian drugs gang, who helped organise the distribution of wholesale quantities of cocaine, in Norwich, with a street value of more than £120,000 have been given jail sentences totalling more than 27 years.

The gang brought the drugs from London to different bases in Norwich, with one of the ringleaders even selling cocaine in street deals while working as a store security worker, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Another seizure was made when officers stopped a vehicle on the A1066 at Thetford.

The gang was smashed following an undercover surveillance operation by Norfolk police, codenamed Rome, between December 2013 and March this year.

Two other members of the gang also brought heroin with a street value of £40,000 to Essex.

Christopher Morgan, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said the leading role as far as Norfolk connection was concerned was Rim Stafuka, 33.

Mr Morgan said Rim Stafuka even carried out street deals, while he was meant to be working as a security worker in Norwich city centre.

“He was approached by individuals as he stood outside and transactions would take place with the passing of street deals of drugs via a handshake.” He said that the drugs were brought from London, and taxi driver Petrit Spahiya, 57, was one of the recruits used to transport the drugs from London to Norwich,

All five defendants were sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs with Rim Stafuka, 32 of Berners Close, Norwich, also facing money laundering charges. He was jailed for eight years, Bernard Stafuka, 30, of Clarence Road, Norwich was jailed for six years; Petrit Spahiya, 57. from London, was jailed for 4 years, which was for the Norwich operation.

The two defendants involved in the Essex operation Bonni Tufa, 25 of no fixed address, was jailed for 4 years and Kamber Shera, 28, of Scarlet Road, Tuckswood, Norwich, was jailed for 5 years four months.

Sentencing them, Judge Anthony Bate told Rim Stafuka that he was the “most senior” of those before the court and said he had shown audacity to deal drugs while he was working in the city.

Matthew McNiff, for Rim Stafuka, denied he was as high up the chain as the prosecution claimed: “He was not running the show.”

Jonathan Goodman, for Bernard Stafuka said that he had only been in the country for a few months but had become addicted to drugs.

His role was to “mind” the drugs. He said he was now free from drugs.

Michael Clare for Spahiya, said that he was an outsider, having come to this country from Kosovo, and played a lesser role.

Michael Neofytou for Shera said the offence was totally out of character and his involvement was limited to one day.

Sebastian Gardiner for Tufa, said he also had a limited role.




UK 3 Aqeel Khan Businessman

Aqeel Khan


A businessman who laundered millions of pounds of criminal cash and defrauded financial institutions has been jailed.

Aqeel Khan, 38, of Lane End, Clayton, acted as a go-to man for criminals across the north of England, using his profits to buy luxury cars and property across West Yorkshire.

One of his investments included the Old Bus Depot in Leeds Road, a well-known Bradford landmark, which he purchased for £2.5 million in 2011.

Aqeel’s network included his brother, Atique Anwar Khan, 34, of Ewart Street, Bradford, who coordinated the distribution of cash into third party bank accounts.

Aqeel’s employee Mohammed Zulqurnain, 36, of Whetley Hill, Bradford, laundered money through his accounts and had property assets put into his name, while associate Ajib Khan, 34, of Heath Road, Bradford, also admitted laundering money into property.

Almost £100,000 of cash contaminated with drugs were also seized from Ajib’s home address.

In total, the group had £10 million pounds of property assets, the funding for which had come largely from cash laundered through multiple bank accounts.

Aqeel and Zulqurnain also used insurance brokers as fronts for their criminal enterprise, obtaining finance from legitimate financial institutions for non-existent or vastly inflated insurance policies. The money was then used to fund property purchases or Aqeel’s lifestyle.

All four pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, with Aqeel and Zulqurnain additionally admitting fraud offences and Aqeel also pleading guilty to possessing a forged bank document and contempt of court charges.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court sentenced Aqeel to six years in prison today.

Zulqurnain was handed a two and a half year sentence, while Ajib and Atique got two years and six months suspended sentences respectively.

NCA branch commander, David Norris, said: “Aqeel Khan presented himself as a successful and wealthy businessman and property developer. In reality this was all a front and he was the head of a large-scale, sophisticated money laundering operation.

“He was also defrauding financial institutions out of millions of pounds and using the profits to fund his own lavish lifestyle. Organised criminals need people who can launder their cash to make it look legitimate and this group provided that service on an industrial scale.”






Haiti’s first family is spending this end of year holiday season under a legal cloud.

The streets of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and other cities have been mobbed with protestors demanding Haitian President Michel Martelly’s resignation.

The Haitian Court of Justice on December 16 decreed that a corruption investigation focused on the president’s son Olivier, and the First Lady Sophia, could proceed.  The two are accused of crimes including abuse of authority, money laundering, and squandering public funds. Sophia and Olivier have steadfastly asserted their innocence.

No corruption related charges have been brought against Martelly.

Days before the Court of Justice decision, thousands of Haitians marched in angry protests against Martelly and his government. They did the same in November. In the face of public rage, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned.

While analysts say much of the anger stems from the Martelly’s foot-dragging on his longstanding promise of elections, there is also considerable popular discontent with what is called Haiti’s “culture of corruption”.

The head of the Heritage Foundation for Haiti, Marilyn Allien, is closely watching the Martelly investigation and other corruption developments. Her organization is a branch of the global better-governance group Transparency International.

“The president’s wife and the president’s son should not be managing state funds, regardless of whether they are managing them honestly or dishonestly,” Allien told VOA. “It is not their role to do that. It creates the perception that there is corruption and fraud going on.”

Transparency International ranks Haiti eighth from the bottom out of 175 countries surveyed in its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index. Haiti shares that low rung on the ladder with Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Venezuela.

The accusations against the first lady and the president’s son notwithstanding, Haiti’s Transparency International chief says Martelly appears to be “clean.”

“We have never received a complaint for acts pertaining to acts committed by the president,” she said.

But Martelly’s political opponents are taking aim at Martelly.

Haitian Senator Moise Jean-Charles, told the web publication “Haiti Liberte”that “President Martelly had the governor of the central bank give him five bulletproof cars, which cost the Haitian state $2.5 million.”

Jean-Charles said the bank governor also purchased 60 Toyota SUVs “for [Martelly’s] children, for his wife, and for people living with him. These,” Senator Jean-Charles said, “are the type of costs being incurred by President Martelly, the president of the poorest nation on the continent.”

Haiti has an official anti-corruption unit, known by its French initials, ULCC. Last June, new anti-corruption legislation championed by the ULCC was signed into law by Martelly. The measures were also supported and promoted by Allien’s Heritage Foundation.

But Allien said the work of the ULCC is hampered by several factors.

“If there is sufficient proof that there has been an act, or acts, of corruption,” she said, “They [the ULCC] has to bring the case to the prosecutor’s office – and this is where there is a major bottleneck.”

“The cases stay there, dormant, for months and months – sometimes, for years,” she said. “The prosecutor’s office doesn’t move very rapidly.”

The good governance advocate says another factor hampering the fight against corruption is parliament’s inertia.

“The [anti-corruption] law that was recently voted on in May 2014 was a law that was drafted in 2008,” Allien said. “It is a law that we sorely needed, because it covers a number of practices that were not covered by previous legislation.”

As for why Haiti’s parliament took so long to enact this and other laws, Allien said “Too many of them [Haiti’s lawmakers] are too busy being involved in politics, and perceive their job as simply [one of] controlling the executive [branch, i.e., the president] and not doing the job for which they were elected, which is voting on laws.”

Allien said despite Haiti’s anti-corruption shortcomings and the slow pace of its institutions, at least the country allows watchdog groups such as Transparency International, and a similar group, the RNDDH – headed by Pierre Esperance – to operate freely.

“We are not harassed,” she told VOA. “We have a very good climate in which to work. “We do not feel [that we are] under attack.”






LEFT – Sayed Alam
RIGHT – Sayed Anwar (failed to appear, now fugitive)


“The defendants were knowingly laundering money for criminal gangs directly involved in large scale drug trafficking activity. Officers suspected the proceeds were being sent abroad into the pockets of terrorists.” They were laundering huge amounts: “Alam admitted on October 31 last year a charge of money laundering to the tune of £22million between July 2007 and September 2010 but he denied the conspiracy offence.” £22million is nearly $38 million; if they were indeed financing jihad terrorists, that kind of money can buy quite a few IED’s. And if they were, think of all their non-Muslim customers who had no idea that that was where their money was going, since, after all, everyone except the greasiest of Islamophobes knows that every Muslim in the UK is “moderate.”

“Money launderers from Kingsbury and Stanmore convicted of conspiracy linked by police to funding of terrorism,” by Ian Proctor, GetWestLondon, July 3, 2014 (thanks to Halal Pork Shop):

TWO men have been convicted of a six year long conspiracy to launder millions of pounds which officers believe could have been funnelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to help fund terrorism.

Sayed Anwar, 43, of Kinsgbury , and Sayed Alam, 45, of Stanmore , were responsible for washing dirty money through a money service business.

The pair were investigated by the Metropolitan Police ‘s Counter Terrorism Command following their arrest in September 2010 on suspicion of offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The investigation looked at a period between July 2004 and September 2010 and Anwar and Alam were charged in March 2012 with conspiracy to conceal, convert, disguise, remove or transfer criminal property.

Southwark Crown Court heard Anwar and Alam ran a money transfer business from the basement of a 24-hour convenience store.

They were transferring up to a £500,000 a month – a sum that, if it had come from genuine transactions, would have required a huge client base and a constant flow of customers.

The defendants were knowingly laundering money for criminal gangs directly involved in large scale drug trafficking activity. Officers suspected the proceeds were being sent abroad into the pockets of terrorists.

Counter Terrorism Commander Duncan Ball said: “Money laundering can be a very complex offence, but my investigators know where to look and what to look out for and will ensure that the best possible evidence available is presented to the court to ensure that those responsible are held to account.

“Sayed Anwar failed to attend his trial and is now wanted by police.

“We need to establish his current whereabouts so that he can be put before the court.”

Alam admitted on October 31 last year a charge of money laundering to the tune of £22million between July 2007 and September 2010 but he denied the conspiracy offence.

The trial took place in Anwar’s absence and the pair were convicted yesterday. Both will be sentenced next Thursday.