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Arron Banks investigated by crime agency over suspected offences in Brexit campaign

WT24 Desk

Arron Banks and other people and groups linked to the leave campaign have been referred to the National Crime Agency for suspected criminal offences in the Brexit referendum, the Electoral Commission has said, The Guardian reports.

A “number of criminal offences may have been committed”, the commission said, saying there were reasonable grounds to suspect that Banks, the insurance millionaire who backed the unofficial leave campaign, was not the “true source” of £8m in loans to it.

An Electoral Commission statement said its investigation focused on £2m reported to have been loaned to Better for the Country, a company he used to finance the Leave.EU campaign, and £6m more reportedly given to the organisation, on behalf of Leave.EU, by Banks.

Of this money, £2.9m was used to fund referendum spending on behalf of Leave.EU.

The statement said: “Due to multiple suspected offences, some of which fall outside the commission’s remit, the commission has referred this matter and handed its evidence to the National Crime Agency.”

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