A MONEY launderer sentenced to 20 months in prison is on the run from police after failing to turn up for his court trial.
Sussex Police issued an appeal this afternoon (June 2) for 27-year old Tomasz Skowron, unemployed, a Polish national, whose last known address was in Meredith Road, Worthing.
He was found guilty of laundering £113,796.52 obtained by fraud from overseas companies between February and March, 2012.
Skowron failed to appear for trial on money-laundering charges at Chichester Crown Court on May 6. He was tried and convicted in his absence and sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, according to Sussex Police.
This is the second time Sussex Police has appealed for Skowron’s whereabouts after he failed to appear on January 26 – the initial date set for the trial.
Skowron was described by police as white, 5’11”, of broad build, with short, straight, brown hair and blue eyes.
Police believe he may currently be in the Worthing or Bognor Regis areas.
Also appearing at court on May 6 was Agneiszka Skowron, 40, unemployed, also a Polish national, of Clarence Road, Bognor.
She pleaded guilty to the same offence as Tomasz Skowron and on May 21 was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 15 months.
The court also required her to pay £74,296.52 within 28 days or face 18 months in prison and still have to pay the full amount.
Police said these were the funds from the bank account which detectives found and secured a court restraint order during the investigation.
A spokesman said this was the account used to commit the money laundering offence.
The couple are not related.
Detective Constable Nicola Balkham of the Sussex Police economic crime unit said: “Anyone who sees Skowron or knows where he may be, is asked to contact Sussex Police via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting serial 146 of April 4, 2012. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”