Mil­lion­aire is bailed in ‘fraud’ probe

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A PROP­ERTY en­tre­pre­neur has been bailed af­ter he was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged fraud and money-laun­der­ing.

Leeds-based Si­mon Mor­ris was ques­tioned by of­fi­cers on Wed­nes­day last week about a land deal in­volv­ing a busi­ness con­tact in the city.

His fa­ther, Bryan Mor­ris, was also ar­rested, along with seven oth­ers. All nine were later re­leased on bail.

Bryan Mor­ris told a lo­cal news­pa­per: “Me and Si­mon were locked up for 12 hours in sep­a­rate cells.

“We are com­pletely in­no­cent, this was just an amount of money given to us as a reser­va­tion fee for a piece of land that Si­mon owned.”

Ear­lier this month more than 30 com­pa­nies owned by Si­mon Mor­ris, a Jewish for­mer di­rec­tor of Leeds United Foot­ball Club, went into ad­min­is­tra­tion with debts in the re­gion of £50 mil­lion.

The al­le­ga­tions are not linked to the col­lapse of the busi­nesses, which he has blamed on the eco­nomic cli­mate.

Det Ch Insp Paul Lan­gan con­firmed that West York­shire Po­lice’s eco­nomic­crime unit was car­ry­ing out en­quiries into “a busi­ness trans­ac­tion”.

In a state­ment, Mr Mor­ris’s so­lic­i­tor, Stephen Hipps, said: “He has not been charged with any crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing or even un­savoury busi­ness ac­tiv­ity.

“He has fully co-op­er­ated with the po­lice as much as he could in this en­quiry, which in fact di­rectly in­volves oth­ers and not di­rectly our client.

“We wish to stress fur­ther on his be­half that our client’s cur­rent trad­ing prob­lems are in no way con­nected with this en­quiry.”

The 31-year-old was the youngest per­son to be in­cluded in the Es­tates Gazette prop­erty-in­dus­try rich list last year and was be­lieved to have a per­sonal for­tune of around £70m.

PHOTO: JONATHAN GAWTHORPE

Si­mon Mor­ris: “co-op­er­ated fully”

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