Met Police officer sacked for ‘turning a blind eye’ to £10,000 shoebox in his wardrobe

A Met Police officer is sacked for ‘turning a blind eye’ to a £10,000 shoebox in her wardrobe, stolen by her husband from a Line of Duty-style crime gang

  • PC Inga Gherghel was dismissed without notice on April 28, 2020
  • Police searched the couple’s address and found the money and a bulletproof vest
  • Her husband was allegedly an accomplice to Kashif Mahmood, a Met officer who was part of a wider criminal network

A female Met Police officer has been sacked for ignoring £10,000 stashed in a shoebox in a Line of Duty-style bribery plot that saw six officers jailed.

PC Inga Gherghel was summarily fired on April 28, 2020, after police searched the couple’s address and found the money and a safety vest that did not belong to her.

Police discovered that the dagger vest had been used by her husband Ioan Gherghel, a 36-year-old Romanian bodybuilder, who allegedly used the dagger vest to impersonate a police officer.

He was jailed for six years in early 2022 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

A large sum of cash found in the home of Ioan Gherghel, a friend of Mahmood, also imprisoned with the corrupt officer

The husband was allegedly an accomplice of Kashif Mahmood, a Met officer who was part of a wider criminal network.

As part of the act, Mahmood would pretend to arrest and search for drug dealers to steal their money.

Mahmood booked police cars at Stoke Newington Police Station as he called in sick, then drove to pick up Ioan Gherghel who would be wearing the vest before driving to check for possible tremors.

The couple were arrested when they accidentally activated a body camera and recorded Ioan Gherghel – who is not a police officer – wearing the bulletproof vest.

But the investigative committee struggled to convict Inga Gherghel of knowingly hiding the proceeds of crime, instead finding it inconceivable that she could not ignore the contraband.

“PC Gherghel deliberately failed to investigate further the origin or purpose of the items and what either might be doing in his apartment,” police said in a statement.

Mahmood’s wife, Shareen Kashif, 30, was convicted after she admitted concealing criminal assets for her husband in April 2020.

She was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for 21 months and ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

The court heard her husband regularly fly to Dubai and lead a lavish life with designer watches while working with gangsters in east London.

Shareen Kashif pictured outside Southwark Crown Court in 2021. She avoided an immediate custodial sentence

Shareen Kashif pictured outside Southwark Crown Court in 2021. She avoided an immediate custodial sentence

Corrupt cop Kashif Mahmood was jailed for eight years in May for his role in an organized crime group

Corrupt cop Kashif Mahmood was jailed for eight years in May for his role in an organized crime group

Kashif, who was supported by family members in a crowded public gallery in court, told police she only learned of her husband’s illegal activities days before the raid on their home.

Kashif said she was “very angry” when she found out about her husband’s illegal activities, adding that she had done a “silly and stupid thing” by helping him hide the money.

She was first arrested when police discovered Encrochat messages between the London gang and a co-conspirator in Dubai – where Mahmood was vacationing with the criminal group.

Ioan Gherghel and Kashif Mohmood allegedly confiscated £850,000 from criminals in March 2021.

They gave the money to 34-year-old gangster twins, Shabaz and Shazad Khan, and their older brother Mohsin Khan.

Investigations by the Met’s anti-corruption unit began after the French Gendarmerie infiltrated the EncroChat encrypted phone network in April 2020, revealing that Mahmood was using his police powers to work with the Khan gang.

Mahmood and the Khans were “longtime associates” and vacationed together in Dubai.

While Mahmood was jailed for eight years, ringleader Mohsin Khan, 35, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and Shazad was jailed for 15 years while Shabaz was sentenced to 14 years.