Prison for £73m fraudster who was definitely not the Pope’s banker

Conman took millions from Dutch firm and left a massive hotel bill unpaid

A fraudster who ran up a £130,000 bill at London’s five-star Landmark Hotel now faces prison after he was caught trying to flee the UK.

Luis Nobre was convicted of one count of acquiring criminal property, five counts of transferring criminal property and three counts of possession of articles for use in fraud, at Southwark Crown Court, after being involved with a gang who fleeced a shipping firm out of £73m.

He told the Dutch company, Allseas Group Ltd, that he had links to the US Federal Reserve and could guarantee returns of 1,200% a year by using the Pope’s secret trading platform.

He will be sentenced tomorrow, along with other members of the gang who laundered the money.



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