Brexit bankroller Arron Banks faces National Crime Agency investigation - Daily News
Nigel Farage,Alrosa,New York Times Company,EU Referendum,Crime,Politics,Brexit /form Brexit’s biggest bankroller Arron Banks faces a National Crime Agency investigation over alleged links with Russia during the Brexit campaign, it emerged today. The agency has reportedly been handed a cache of Banks’ emails, which reveal the Leave.EU chief was offered three Russian business deals during the Brexit campaign. It’s sparked fresh concern Russia may have sought to influence the outcome of the EU Referendum . Deals offered to Mr Banks included a gold mine venture in Guinea, West Africa and a stake in the privatisation of Alrosa, Russia’s state-controlled diamond mining firm, according to the Sunday Times. Banks said he did not take part in any of the deals. But an investment fund partly owned by his business partner, Jim Mellon, is alleged to have secured a stake in Alrosa at below market rate, according to the New York Times. Of the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Mr Banks said: “Let them investigate. All of this just makes me look like an international man of mystery.” The new evidence came as Nigel Farage, who fronted Banks’ Leave.EU campaign faced further questions over whether he prematurely admitted defeat on Referendum night, to help hedge fund pals cash in on the pound bottoming out. A new picture emerged over the weekend of Mr Farage on election night, pointing at a graph of the sterling nosedive and grinning. Mr Farage said the idea was “too fantastical for anyone to believe.” He added: “I had no financial interest in the currency moves on the day.” Of the investigation into Mr Banks’ dealings with Russia, Mr Farage said: “Arron Banks is in the mining industry. He has diamond mines. It is unsurprising in the small world of mining that lots of people talk to each other, because you know what, they’re all looking for investors. “And some proposals were put to Mr Banks, none of which resulted in any investment, any money changing hands whatsoever.”
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