Profited from prostitution and smuggled computers to China
A professor who was listed in the British government’s corruption register and described as one of the “most influential voices on corruption” has been found guilty of money laundering and found guilty of being a convicted sex offender.
Professor Alfred Chew, of the department of public law and government at Cardiff University, was arrested after officers from the National Crime Agency found large quantities of cash at his home in Cardiff in December 2015.
Chew was convicted on Friday of possessing criminal property, being a convicted sex offender and money laundering.
The offence of possessing criminal property carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison but the judge today accepted his guilty plea. He was given a community order to pay £75 to the taxpayer and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay a £620 victim surcharge.
He was also convicted of being a sex offender, after being arrested at his home for having an indecent image of a child, where the CPS say he was unaware that the image was a downloaded image and not a photoshopped image as he had previously claimed.
He was found guilty of the offence by a jury on Thursday, after the prosecution said the offence of possessing criminal property, of which he was convicted, was committed “grossly negligently”.
He was also convicted of being a sex offender after police found homemade pornography online and at his home and it is reported that his daughter is the only person in the UK that is aware of the images, which were allegedly shared with others.
He was allowed to leave Cardiff magistrates court to where he will now have to report every Friday to the police while his conviction is considered.
Chew’s company is suspended by Cardiff city council, which runs the Safe Work Centre, the main centre of its KEO centre, where he worked on sexual harassment and human rights training.
The ASLEF Association, which represents the universities and colleges of Wales, has issued a statement on Chew’s conviction.
In the statement, ASLEF (the Association of Colleges and Universities of Wales) are highly critical of the investigation and said the Legal Aid Agency should have involved Cardiff council.
The Welsh government believes the Government of Wales has failed to “appropriately protect” the interests of Cardiff’s taxpayers after Cardiff council decided not to release the results of any review or investigation into the MSP to which Chew is subject by Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.
Welsh Government figures show Cardiff City Council spent more than £200,000 on paying Chew for working in the Knapdale Ethnic Minority Education project and from early July 2008 to September 2016 the Cardiff Council College of Education was paying Chew £140,500 for two terms in the CKIME programme.
Welsh Government can withdraw financial aid and support payments to councils and individual staff, or terminate all financial support schemes or support payments before the end of the agreed period with the end date of assessment.
Welsh Government Audit Office are leading an Independent investigation of Cardiff City Council’s funding arrangements for Chew.
Welsh Government Audit Office is funded by the Executive, therefore Audit Office reports cannot be published, and no-one has raised the matter with the council and, until now, the council has not officially raised this issue with Welsh Government. The issue has been given to the Audit Office. The Audit Office report will take into account Cardiff Council’s decision to appoint Chew to work with schools and colleges and the fact that they were warned about Chew, with repeated concerns about his unsuitability for work in schools, colleges and universities.