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Luxury car and 4-star hotel among assets seized in NCA investigation

It is claimed hundreds of millions of pounds were funnelled through an international network of bank accounts

A £100,000 Bentley Mulsanne is among assets recovered (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
A £100,000 Bentley Mulsanne is among assets recovered (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Investigators will seize a £6 million haul of assets including a 4-star hotel and a £100,000 Bentley, after an eight-year money-laundering probe.

The National Crime Agency uncovered an alleged international network that it claimed funnelled hundreds of millions of pounds through more than 100 bank accounts in the UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Its investigation focused on businessman Jonathan Nuttall, 46, from Romsey, Hampshire, who is accused of putting recoverable assets into other people’s names, including his wife Amanda.

She won more than £2.5 million on the Lotto in 2008, and could not give a consistent account of how it was spent.

The couple rented a £2,000-a-week flat in London’s Belgravia, built a swimming pool at their countryside home, hired a private jet, visited Cannes and Dubai, and shopped in Harrods.

Mrs Nuttall, 45, from Romsey, Hampshire, property developer Eric Grove, 89, of Lapworth, Warwickshire, and barrister Timothy Becker, 55, from London,  agreed to hand over assets rather than face trial.

Eleven properties, including the White Horse Hotel and Brasserie in Romsey, and the luxury car, are part of the haul.

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