Bent cop rumbled after buying £170,000 Ferrari

Bent cop rumbled after buying Ferrari
West Midlands Police

A dishonest Birmingham policeman, estimated to earn around £35,000 a year, has been caught out after buying a Ferrari that costs more than many houses. Suspicions were raised after Osman Iqbal, 37, arrived at work in Kings Heath behind the wheel of a 562bhp Ferrari 458 worth around £170,000.

Following his purchase of the Ferrari an anti-corruption team began to investigate Iqbal, who was a sergeant in a team responding to 999 calls. The team subsequently discovered that he also led a criminal gang that sold class A drugs and ran brothels in upmarket areas of London.

The now ex-sergeant is currently serving a seven year, two month jail term after admitting conspiracy to possess class A drugs, conspiracy to launder money and managing a brothel, and was jailed alongside seven other members of the gang in September.

Iqbal also came clean to making unauthorised attempts to access data in police intelligence systems through his position with the West Midlands Police, reports the Telegraph. He was additionally charged with three counts of misconduct in a public office when he appeared in court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody prior to sentencing at Warwick Crown Court.

Iqbal's criminal activities came to attention after he was associated with a convicted armed robber by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, with both men being linked to a fake chauffeur company and an event management business. The authorities later discovered that the pair had managed to launder hundreds of thousands of pounds through their activities, with money being traced back to several brothels.

The pair's criminal deeds didn't stop there, however. After collecting clients from strip bars, they and their associates then offered clients women and drugs and took them to one of the brothels, before overcharging them on their credit cards.