REVEALED: UK govt refused to assist a French investigation into suspected money laundering by telecoms giant Lycamobile – saying the company is the “biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party” & gives money to a trust founded by Prince Charles.
You really should read this full story about the money laundering investigation into a company which donated £1.5m to the Conservatives. But if you don’t then just these two paragraphs are *perfect*.
This is AMAZING. An all-time great, Hall Of Fame bit of PR backtracking
most glorious element of this scoop is HMRC denying the story - "this is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy" - only to then confirm it.
A national scandal: The government refused to help a French investigation into money laundering and tax fraud - citing the fact the company is "the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party"
This, from 's team's latest investigation, is one of the great all-time press office interactions
Donate money to the Tories and you'll get sweetheart treatment from HMRC.
Today have revealed that HMRC refused to investigate money laundering, after saying the company is a Tory donor. If true, this is shocking and outrageous. No better example of country being run for wealthy elite.
Best part of this fab investigation is paragraph where #HMRC has to admit that Britain may indeed be a "third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy".
'This is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where wait no actually yep you're right. That is regrettable yes.'
"The British government refused to assist a French investigation into suspected money laundering and tax fraud by the UK telecoms giant Lycamobile – citing the fact that the company is the 'biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party'..."
Breaking: The British government refused to assist a French investigation into suspected money laundering and tax fraud by the UK telecoms giant Lycamobile – citing the fact that the company is the “biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party”
In a more civilised age a government would fall over this type of cronyism but in #brexit Britain this is just another day on our road to becoming a banana republic for corporations. via
Last year, French authorities asked for UK help raiding Lycamobile, a British telecoms giant investigators suspected of laundering money. But the UK said no, citing the fact that Lycamobile is the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative Party
This is astonishing & flies in the face of all the Government’s assurances on money laundering in Britain. Well done on another great scoop.
Mere hours after we exposed that the UK govt refused to raid a company suspected of laundering money, citing its POLITICAL DONATIONS, Parliament's Treasury Committee vows to investigate: Original story:
Buzzfeed breaking it open. The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations via
This is huge. UK refused to assist Grench authorities in an investigation into money laundering, citing that “it is of note that [the co under investigation is] the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party led by Prime Minister Theresa May”.
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations #DirtyMoney #ToryBritain
This is the beginning of the end of the West
French investigators wanted to raid a British telecoms giant suspected of money laundering. But the UK said no, citing the company's donations to the Tories and Prince Charles
UK govt refused to assist French investigation into Lycamobile, citing its donations to Conservative Party Press officer denies story: the UK isn’t a “third world banana republic” in hock to a “kleptocracy” 2nd press officer says: oh, right, yes it is
While a raid on Lycamobile’s UK headquarters never came to fruition, the French investigation has continued. In January, Paris prosecutors charged Lycamobile with orchestrating a major money laundering scheme
BuzzFeed is on fire at the moment. Extraordinary tale on Lycamobile from , and the rest of their dream team.
When French authorities investigating Lycamobile asked the UK government to raid premises in the UK, this is the jaw-dropping response they got
If all this is correct, it is a helluva story. How many other such cases have there been?
Honestly struggling to believe in this level of corruption in the UK, but *IF* this story is true, then HMRC declined to investigate tax fraud by Lycamobile because "they are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party".
Even agents that are registered don't face meaningful oversight or sufficient enforcement if they make mistakes. After recent events how effective do you think HMRC has been as a money laundering supervisor? (The answer is "not very effective")
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations via
Truly astonishing story of how the UK government failed to help a French investigation into suspected money laundering by Tory party's largest donor. More evidence of London being a #corruption capital.
Good to see the UK is every bit as corrupt as the USA. (Tory = GOP?) via
So Lycamobile got caught laundering millions but the UK authorities refused to cooperate in the raids, citing party donations.
File this one under "UK is an emerging market"
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Tory Donations “This is the UK for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where organs of state are in hock to kleptocracy.” Fact check: can't grow bananas, not a republic.
This is quite astounding. Or is it? The UK was one of the countries (including my own) that successfully argued to keep trusts - where every dodgy person hides their money - out of the last AML EU Directive.
“This is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy” Really? via
As we’re reaching the depths of disgust over the latest UK AML scandal, and we wish to bury HMRC’s team for law enforcement requests, consider this: There’s someone honest in that team.
“We never take political donations into account when enforcing tax law” he said, adding that Lycamobile’s links to the Tories and Prince Charles had been included only as “background”