Millionaire Russian businessman, 58, arrested at London villa by National Crime Agency unit for ‘money laundering’

A Russian businessman, a MILLIONAIRE, has been arrested at his luxury London mansion on suspicion of money laundering.

The 58-year-old is also accused of conspiracy to defraud the Home Office and conspiracy to commit perjury.

More than 50 officers rushed into the businessman's London home


More than 50 officers rushed into the businessman’s London homeCredit: NCA

More than 50 officers descended on the businessman’s London home as he was being trapped by the National Crime Agency.

A 35-year-old man employed at the multi-million dollar London residence was also arrested nearby after he was seen leaving the address with a bag containing thousands of pounds in cash.

A third man, aged 39, the former boyfriend of the businessman’s current partner, has been arrested at his home in Pimlico, London, for offenses including money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud.

The NCA said a number of digital devices and a significant amount of cash were seized after extensive searches by investigators.

All three people were questioned by the NCA and released on bail.

Graeme Biggar, Director General of the NCA, said: “The NCA’s cell to combat kleptocracy, established just this year, has had significant success in investigating potential criminal activity by oligarchs, the professional service providers who support and enable them, and individuals associated with the related to the Russian regime.

“We will continue to use all the forces and tactics at our disposal to stop this threat.”

The NCA said its operation is the latest in a series of failures in its work to disrupt the activities of corrupt international businessmen and their supporters.

To date, the NCA says it has secured nearly 100 “disruptions” — actions proven to eliminate or reduce a criminal threat — against Putin-aligned elites and their supporters.

The agency added that its work helped freeze accounts of people closely linked to sanctioned Russians.

The NCA said its investigations targeted numerous properties, eight yachts and four aircraft. Millionaire Russian businessman, 58, arrested at London villa by National Crime Agency unit for ‘money laundering’


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