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Home Secretary Amber Rudd linked to offshore companies in Bahamas

By Matt Payton

The Home Secretary has been linked to offshore businesses in the Bahamas by leaked documents.

Amber Rudd was a director of two companies based in the Caribbean tax haven between 1998 and 2000, a Guardian investigation has claimed.

Before her political career, she was also director of a British-based company where a co-director was later imprisoned for fraud.

While defending former Prime Minister David Cameron over his father's investment company in the Bahamas, Ms Rudd did not mention her own links to the tax haven. The Home Secretary was allegedly included in a list of 175,000 Bahamas registered companies leaked yesterday.

Companies House records identify the her as a director of Monticello plc, where a co-director had been convicted of making false claims about the company's prospects to ramp up shares.

The Home Secretary's spokesperson said: "Monticello was thoroughly investigated 16 years ago and those who acted wrongly were identified and prosecuted."

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