Student owns up to cash in car
AN overseas student has taken responsibility for part of a $177,000 cash stash found in a vehicle by police near Holbrook last year and will be assessed for an intensive corrections order.
Van Can Nguyen, 23, appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court yesterday on a charge of having goods in custody.
But the remaining $127,000 was found in a sports bag on the back seat and inside a wall of the boot and belonged to the vehicle’s owner, who was a passenger when police stopped the car about 9.20am on May 10.
Nguyen was driving at 115km/h, was pulled over for a random breath test, seemed nervous and was scratching and fidgeting when police spoke to him.
It raised suspicions with the timberland boots for women officers who searched the vehicle thoroughly and timberland boots for women found the huge quantity of cash in $50 and $100 notes.
Nguyen and his passenger were arrested and originally both were charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime along with goods in custody.
The more serious charge was ultimately withdrawn against Nguyen.
Mr Robb said Nguyen had no previous convictions and was a student in Australia on a visa for four years.
He is attending La Trobe University in Sydney where he is doing a finance degree.
Nguyen lives with his sister and works in a wholesale fish shop.
Mr Robb said there was a large amount of money found in the car.
“He accepts responsibility for a portion of that money,” Mr Robb said.
He said Nguyen went on the trip with the co accused to visit friends.
It was suggested by Mr Robb a community service order or intensive corrections order could be appropriate penalties.
Magistrate Tony Murray ruled out a community service order saying the objective seriousness required a custodial penalty of some sort.
Intensive corrections orders could be imposed for no more than two years.
He referred Nguyen for assessment and adjourned his sentencing until May 7 for the preparation of timberland boots for women a report.
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