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The Week (US) - - 8 News -

Brexit cash probe: Bri­tain’s equiv­a­lent of the FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing one of the pro-Brexit cam­paign’s big­gest fi­nan­cial back­ers, over al­le­ga­tions that he was in­volved in il­le­gal cam­paign fund­ing dur­ing the U.K.’s 2016 ref­er­en­dum. In­sur­ance mogul Ar­ron Banks, who has come un­der scru­tiny for al­leged ties to Rus­sia and the Trump pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, was re­ferred to the Na­tional Crime Agency af­ter the U.K. Elec­toral Com­mis­sion flagged more than $10 mil­lion in loans Banks gave to Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit group he co-founded. The com­mis­sion said it had “rea­son­able grounds” to be­lieve the money had come from an out­side source, and noted that “var­i­ous crim­i­nal of­fenses may have been com­mit­ted.” Banks called the al­le­ga­tions “lu­di­crous.” Op­po­nents of Brexit said Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union should be put on hold un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.

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