R v Chukwuka & 9 others [2019]

Paul Raudnitz QC represented Emmanual Chukwuka, charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder. The case was the widely publicised 10-handed internet banking diversion fraud and money laundering conspiracy allegation tried before HHJ Simon at Blackfriars CC over 6 months from October 2018-March 2019. Paul Raudnitz defended D4 of 10. He led Kyan Pucks.

The case embraced allegations that some £10m was diverted from hundreds of victims in a concerted international diversion fraud scheme. It involved some 75,000+ pages of evidence and was highly complex. It turned on a detailed challenge to extremely complicated forensic computer evidence.

Emmanual Chukwuka was successfully acquitted of the laundering charge, earning a sentence of “time served” – dramatically lower than others convicted on all counts.

Counsel was instructed by Richard Cooper of Sternberg Reed Solicitors.

The case was reported in the media by the Times and the Daily Mail.

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