Playboy suspect who owned 45 UK homes hands back £10m in assets

A Playboy suspect snapped with a range of A-list celebrities has been ordered to hand over £10m in assets.

Mansoor Hussain, 40, has now been hit with an unexplained wealth order after he was pursued by authorities over alleged links to organised crime, and will hand over almost £10 million in assets.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) believes his property empire wasn't the only thing funding his lavish lifestyle, and has accused Hussain of money laundering.

The Leeds businessman has been snapped previously with a range of celebrities including Meghan Markle, three years before she met Prince Harry at the Global Gift Gala in 2013, music mogul Simon Cowell and pop star icon Beyoncé.

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It's also alleged he used threats of violence and blackmail to buy properties.

His alleged criminal associates are said to include Mohammed Khan, a notorious criminal from the Leeds area currently serving a 26-year-old jail sentence for murder.

The NCA found Hussain had a huge number of bank accounts, one of which contained £1million.

Hussain has now agreed to hand over £9.8 million in assets after the unexplained wealth order.

This includes 45 properties in London, Cheshire and Leeds, four areas of land, plus cash.

NCA head of civil recovery Andy Lewis said: "By using a civil investigation, we could show by inference that the income, on the balance of probabilities, had come from the criminality of him laundering money for organised crime groups.

"When presented with all of this evidence, we negotiated how we might settle this case without going to a High Court trial.

"Clearly, we can't be certain of the results and it would save taxpayer money as we could settle early.

"When presented with the evidence, he came to the table and an agreement to hand over just under £10million.

"It's the first time we have used an unexplained wealth order which has come to fruition."

It was almost impossible to get evidence such as bank accounts going back 20 years to get a successful criminal outcome.

He added: "He could have lost all of his assets. He's lost the vast majority."

Graeme Biggar, NCA director general of the National Economic Crime Centre, said: "This case is a milestone, demonstrating the power of unexplained wealth orders, with significant implications for how we pursue illicit finance in the UK."

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