Lap-dancing boss denies deception

A BUSINESSMAN who ran lap-dancing clubs in Halifax has denied deception and money-laundering charges.

Mohammed Reza Shahsavar, 36, ran La Salsa, Barbarellas and Bar Rouge, all in Silver Street, Halifax, when they were closed after police raids.

He will stand trial over the allegations in September.

Shahsavar, of Moor End Road, Pellon, Halifax, pleaded not guilty to obtaining a money transfer by deception relating to a mortgage application for almost £80,000 back in December 2004.

The charge alleges he failed to disclose on the application form his claim for asylum in the United Kingdom had been unsuccessful and he was subject to a prohibition from working or engaging in a business or profession.

Shahsavar also denied an allegation of converting criminal property relating to his use of that mortgage loan to obtain an interest in a property in Silver Street, Halifax.

In 2006 Shahsavar is also alleged to have obtained the lease of premises in the Beast Market, Huddersfield, by deception by again failing to disclose his unsuccessful asylum claim and the prohibition from working or engaging in a business.

Shahsavar pleaded not guilty to that allegation along with a further charge of using criminal property relating to his use of the property and business at the Beast Market.

He also denied a fraud allegation which states he made a series of false representations to the NatWest Bank in early 2008 in relation to a series of loans.

A second charge of converting criminal property, which Shahsavar also denies, alleges that in February 2008 he used a dishonestly-received loan of £534,500 to obtain an interest in further property in Silver Street.

Shahsavar, who is on bail, was told that his five-day trial could start in the week commencing September 5.