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This profile was last updated on 1/12/11  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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SOCA | High flying drug trafficker must hand over profits
www.soca.gov.uk, 12 Jan 2011 [cached]
Turchet used self-styled accountant Frank McGrath, the former deputy leader of Preston Council, to help him launder his dirty money.
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Frank McGrath was sentenced to four and half years in prison. A confiscation hearing is scheduled for him later this year.
Thinking about Crime Limited - Old news
www.thinkingaboutcrime.com [cached]
Turchet used self-styled accountant Frank McGrath, the former deputy leader of Preston Council, to help him launder his dirty money.
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McGrath was sentenced to four and half years in prison, and a confiscation hearing is scheduled for him later this year.
Lancashire : Heritage and Destiny
efp.org.uk [cached]
Preston's former deputy leader Frank McGrath
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Preston's former deputy leader Frank McGrath
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Leaflets have gone out in the past week across Ribbleton ward highlighting the case of Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, who in March 2010 was convicted of laundering money for a major drug trafficker and jailed for four and a half years.
Our leaflet, published in support of Mark Cotterill, the EFP's anti-corruption candidate for Ribbleton, pointed out that McGrath - who was one of the leaders of the "Preston Mafia" whose influence extended across much of Lancashire - had been ordered to pay almost £1 million.
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On 24th April 2012 the disgraced Labour politician Frank McGrath was ordered to serve a further two year prison sentence, after failing to obey a court order to repay almost £1 million of the proceeds from his life of crime.
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The police raids in 1991 were codenamed 'Operation Angel' and led to criminal charges against Frank McGrath and several of Preston Council's most senior officials, including the chief executive and deputy chief executive. Also raided were the offices of Tustin Developments, a company owned by Iranian exile Hossein Ghiassi and his California-based brother, who had won substantial contracts for the Preston Docklands project.
Frank McGrath was charged with multiple counts of fraud and theft in January 1992. Yet despite millions of pounds being spent on 'Operation Angel', his trial and almost all of the subsequent ones collapsed.
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This Tory trio worked through local Preston residents activist Michael Murrin and Blackpool based private detective Chris More, who managed to access the confidential bank and income tax details of Cllrs Parker and McGrath.
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Fortunately for McGrath, although the Conservative Party were no friends of his, they were on very friendly terms indeed with Balfour Beatty, which had been founded a century ago by the Conservative MP for Hampstead, George Balfour, and retained close links to the Tories.
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Heroin trafficker Silvano Turchet, whose arrest eventually ended Frank McGrath's criminal career
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Heroin trafficker Silvano Turchet, whose arrest eventually ended Frank McGrath's criminal career
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During 2003 McGrath met convicted criminal Silvano Turchet, who was on day release from a prison sentence.
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McGrath described himself as an accountant and business adviser, though he had no accountancy qualifications. Nevertheless for some reason Turchet decided that McGrath was the ideal man to help him with his next business enterprise.
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During 2004 and 2005 McGrath had laundered hundreds of thousands of pounds of drug money for Turchet.
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This SOCA policy led to the current attempts to recoup some of Frank McGrath's ill-gotten gains. He was ordered to repay £925,000 and this week failed to do so, resulting in an additional two year prison sentence.
Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, had his jail sentence increased by a further two years this week.
Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, had his jail sentence increased by a further two years this week.
Yet many Prestonians are left wondering whether justice was really done over Operation Angel twenty years ago, when Frank McGrath and others succeeded in escaping jail.
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If Preston council tax payers are to have confidence in their political representatives and their police force, it is time for the criminal career of Frank McGrath and his cronies - whether Labour councillors or Tory businessmen - to be fully investigated by an independent inquiry.
Old news 2010
www.thinkingaboutcrime.com [cached]
In a follow-up to a story dated 25 February 2010, Frank McGrath, the former deputy leader of Preston Council in Lancashire, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for laundering money for a drug trafficker. McGrath laundered more than £300,000 for Silvano Turchet, who is currently serving 15 years for the importation of Class A drugs.
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Sentencing Judge Robert Atherton told McGrath: "You deceived those who you did business with and you deceived people who trusted you.
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Frank McGrath, the former deputy leader of Preston Council in Lancashire, has been found guilty of money laundering for a drug trafficker. McGrath laundered more than £300,000 for Silvano Turchet, who is currently serving 15 years for the importation of Class A drugs.
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McGrath also transferred £154,000 to an Italian bank account. McGrath has been remanded in custody for sentencing on 3 March 2010.
Lancashire : Heritage and Destiny
efp.org.uk [cached]
Preston's former deputy leader Frank McGrath
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Preston's former deputy leader Frank McGrath
...
Leaflets have gone out in the past week across Ribbleton ward highlighting the case of Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, who in March 2010 was convicted of laundering money for a major drug trafficker and jailed for four and a half years.
Our leaflet, published in support of Mark Cotterill, the EFP's anti-corruption candidate for Ribbleton, pointed out that McGrath - who was one of the leaders of the "Preston Mafia" whose influence extended across much of Lancashire - had been ordered to pay almost £1 million.
...
On 24th April 2012 the disgraced Labour politician Frank McGrath was ordered to serve a further two year prison sentence, after failing to obey a court order to repay almost £1 million of the proceeds from his life of crime.
...
The police raids in 1991 were codenamed 'Operation Angel' and led to criminal charges against Frank McGrath and several of Preston Council's most senior officials, including the chief executive and deputy chief executive. Also raided were the offices of Tustin Developments, a company owned by Iranian exile Hossein Ghiassi and his California-based brother, who had won substantial contracts for the Preston Docklands project.
Frank McGrath was charged with multiple counts of fraud and theft in January 1992. Yet despite millions of pounds being spent on 'Operation Angel', his trial and almost all of the subsequent ones collapsed.
...
This Tory trio worked through local Preston residents activist Michael Murrin and Blackpool based private detective Chris More, who managed to access the confidential bank and income tax details of Cllrs Parker and McGrath.
...
Fortunately for McGrath, although the Conservative Party were no friends of his, they were on very friendly terms indeed with Balfour Beatty, which had been founded a century ago by the Conservative MP for Hampstead, George Balfour, and retained close links to the Tories.
...
Heroin trafficker Silvano Turchet, whose arrest eventually ended Frank McGrath's criminal career
...
Heroin trafficker Silvano Turchet, whose arrest eventually ended Frank McGrath's criminal career
...
During 2003 McGrath met convicted criminal Silvano Turchet, who was on day release from a prison sentence.
...
McGrath described himself as an accountant and business adviser, though he had no accountancy qualifications. Nevertheless for some reason Turchet decided that McGrath was the ideal man to help him with his next business enterprise.
...
During 2004 and 2005 McGrath had laundered hundreds of thousands of pounds of drug money for Turchet.
...
This SOCA policy led to the current attempts to recoup some of Frank McGrath's ill-gotten gains. He was ordered to repay £925,000 and this week failed to do so, resulting in an additional two year prison sentence.
Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, had his jail sentence increased by a further two years this week.
Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, had his jail sentence increased by a further two years this week.
Yet many Prestonians are left wondering whether justice was really done over Operation Angel twenty years ago, when Frank McGrath and others succeeded in escaping jail.
...
If Preston council tax payers are to have confidence in their political representatives and their police force, it is time for the criminal career of Frank McGrath and his cronies - whether Labour councillors or Tory businessmen - to be fully investigated by an independent inquiry.
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