Probe into Brexit campaign funder Arron Banks moves beyond electoral law offences

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Mr Banks has denied any wrongdoing. I am a United Kingdom taxpayer and I have never received any foreign donations.

Arron Banks, the British businessman best known for bankrolling the campaign for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, is back on the island.

Also under investigation are Aaron Banks, Elizabeth Bilney and other unnamed individuals.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said today they had been asked to investigate Mr Banks as well as Better for the Country, the organisation that ran the Leave.EU referendum campaign, Leave.EU, and Elizabeth Bilney, the Leave.EU chief executive, by the Electoral Commission.

"Isn't it amusing that none of the financial contributions made by George Soros to British political campaigns are ever subject to any level of scrutiny by the Electoral Commission despite his being a foreign national", Banks said.

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But now the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has begun a probe.

"A number of criminal offences may have been committed", it said.

"The financial transactions we have investigated include companies incorporated in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man".

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"Our investigation relates to suspected electoral law offences covered by that referral, as well as any associated offences". "The Electoral Commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence".

The watchdog said it suspected Mr Banks, Ms Bilney and others involved in Better for the Country and Leave.EU concealed the true details of the financial transactions.

The company received money on behalf of Leave.EU and paid their referendum expenses.

Banks, who helped finance the Leave.EU campaign led by MEP Nigel Farage, has already been the subject of an investigation by the Electoral Commission.

"The investigation focused on £2m reported to have been loaned to Better for the Country by Arron Banks and his group of insurance companies and a further £6m reported to have been given to the organisation, on behalf of Leave.EU, by Arron Banks alone".

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Bob Posner, the Electoral Commission's director of political finance and regulation and legal counsel, said the the claims were "significant" because at least £2.9m of the money referred to was money was "used to fund referendum spending and donations during the regulated period of the European Union referendum" - when funding restrictions are in place.

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