You would think a corrupt policeman would want to keep a low profile. After all, if people start asking questions about where your money comes from, you’re going to get found out.
But that simple truth seems to have alluded disgraced copper Osman Iqbal, whose sideline running prostitutes and drugs was uncovered when he turned up at work in Birmingham driving a Ferrari 458 Italia.
If there’s one thing you can be absolutely sure of, it’s that a police sergeant’s wage isn’t enough to stump up the £200,000 a 458 costs.
Since Iqbal hadn’t won the Lottery, or inherited a truck-load of money, the anti-corruption squad launched an investigation and uncovered the crimes he had committed.
As the BBC reports, Iqbal started a seven-year sentence in September, after admitting conspiracy to run a brothel, conspiracy to launder money and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. Reporting restrictions were lifted earlier this week, after he admitted to three counts of misconduct in public office. His assets, including the Ferrari, will be seized.
Crime may buy a Ferrari, but, ultimately, it never pays.