Marylebone businessman accused of £73m fraud offers to take lie detector test to prove his innocence
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A trader with businesses in Marylebone who is accused of a £73million fraud said he was willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.
Luis Nobre, director of Larn Ltd which is registered to exclusive addresses in Harley Street and Marylebone, was allegedly part of a gang who swindled a Dutch shipping company out of the millions by posing as financiers capable of doubling their investment.
The 49-year-old, from Wembley, north west London, told jurors at Southwark Crown Court: “I am ready to be on the polygraph machine.”
Giving evidence Nobre claimed that he always had a fleet of vehicles following him around and he like to talk undercover police ‘for a walk’ as part of a game.
He said: “Selfridges was a good place to go to get pictures of the undercover officers, it was my entertainment to talk them walking around the streets.”
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Nobre is on trial with solicitor Buddika Kadurugamuaw, 46, who allegedly helped launder the loot and load it on to pre-paid credit cards for Nobre to spend.
Throughout his evidence Nobre was repeatedly told by Judge Anthony Pitts, to ‘get on with it’ and stop talking about tiny irrelevant details.
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At one point he told Nobre: “Look will you get on with the matter at hand, we do not need to know who blew their nose or who brushed their teeth.”
Nobre denies one count of acquiring criminal property, five counts of transferring criminal property and three counts of possession of articles for use in fraud.
Kadurugamuaw, from Hendon, denies one count of being concerned in a money laundering arrangement, and one count of transferring criminal property.
Nadeem Khan, 54, was also accused of helping Nobre clean the dirty cash but before the trial started.
The trial continues.