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Number of fashionistas, celebrities under probe for ‘money-laundering’ on increase

Eye on lawyers with overnight inflated bank accounts

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8: The number of celebrities and ‘Fashionistas’ whose assets and bank accounts have been frozen is increasing and according to sources the number has reached 12 and includes a big commercial firm and the husband of one of the Fashionistas, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting well-informed sources. The daily added, the Public Prosecution discovered their involvement in massive money laundering operations worth millions of dinars through advertisements and foreign transfers.

The daily, quoting the same sources, added the Public Prosecution received two new reports – one about the husband of one of the Fashionistas which proved that money had been transferred from her account into his account. The source said the bank accounts have been frozen to verify money laundering activities and stressed the investigations with the State Security Agency continues about money that has been seized and with those who have been banned from travel.

Coordination
The source added, the Money Investigation Unit is working around the clock in coordination with the Central Bank looking into the accounts of people whose bank balances have ballooned within a short period. In one instance, the money that has been seized and persons who are banned from travel, shows a well-known friend’s involvement in money laundering operations.

She accompanied the suspect in all his overseas trips and her bank balance inflated although she is unemployed. In a related context, the Kuwait Lawyers Association has submitted an official letter to the Financial Intelligence Unit to summon a lawyer for interrogation based on what has been published on Twitter and verify its authenticity and another lawyer who is said to have received 600,000 dinars from a well-known media outlet – the outlet accused of money- laundering.

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