Sentenced: Solicitor who laundered cash for Wembley fraudster in £73m scam
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A solicitor who laundered cash for a fraudster from Wembley after he conned a shipping company out of £73m has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Buddika Kaduragamuwa, 46, from Barnet, allowed Luis Nobre to transfer £111,400 into her bank account after he persuaded Dutch company Allseas Group Ltd into handing over the vast sum of cash.
The 49-year-old, who lived in Tristan Court in George Crescent, told the company he was the Pope’s banker and would use the pontiff’s secret trading platform to earn them returns of 1,200 per cent.
Southwark Crown Court heard Nobre, a Portuguese national, boasted he traded trillions of dollars for the biggest Chinese Sovereign investment fund in the world.
He was introduced to the shipping company bosses as an ‘A1’ trader with links to the US Federal reserve and he promised amazing profits on his investments.
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However in reality he was a cad who lived at the five-star Landmark Hotel, before fleeing abroad and leaving his girlfriend and their newborn baby with the £130,000 bill.
Last month Nobre, who represented himself, was found guilty of one count of acquiring criminal property, five counts of transferring criminal property and three counts of possession of articles for use in fraud.
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He was jailed for 14 years.
Kadurugamuwa was convicted of transferring criminal property and today sentenced to a year in jail suspended for six months
She now faces being struck off by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.