Carole Cadwalladr @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Nov. 06, 2018 2 min read

UPDATE: So as @arron_banks, the biggest funder of the Brexit campaign, is found guilty today of data crimes & a full audit of his companies is ordered, let's update the list of crimes committed during the referendum &/or under investigation...
 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/06/arron-banks-firm-and-leave-eu-face-135k-fine-over-data-misuse?CMP=share_btn_tw 

1/ So many crimes to choose from! But let's start with latest. Banks fined £135,000 today for breaking data protection laws. Note: potentially much bigger news to come. Really explosive stuff hidden here: that Banks used insurance data for @nigel_farage's LeaveEU campaign

2/ And then there's last week's news. That the National Crime Agency is investigating Banks on suspicion of committing "multiple criminal offences". Huge question mark over funding of LeaveEU campaign & whether it was "permissible" or from foreign sources
 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/01/arron-banks-referred-to-agency-over-suspected-offences-in-brexit-campaign?CMP=share_btn_tw 

3/ The investigation into Banks' finances is by the NCA which investigates "serious" or "organised" crimes. But in May LeaveEU was also fined £70,000 & referred to Met police who are investigating criminal offences related to illegal overspending
 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/11/leaveeu-fined-70k-breaches-of-electoral-law-eu-referendum?CMP=share_btn_tw 

4/ So, that's the NCA, the Met Police & the ICO who are all investigating Banks...AND the FCA. So many acronyms, @arron_banks! This is a new investigation reported this weekend by the Financial Conduct Authority which regulates the insurance industry
 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/city-watchdog-the-fca-joins-investigation-into-arron-bankss-wealth-hb8vhfbfw 

5/ But that's not the end of it. No. Not even into @arron_banks. There's a FIFTH investigation: into possible business deals brokered by Russian embassy. The DCMS committee has said it "understands" this is also being investigated by NCA

6/ To recap: that's FIVE official investigations into @arron_banks & @nigel_farage's LeaveEU campaign. But then there's Vote Leave...the official campaign headed by @BorisJohnson & @michaelgove who have ALSO been fined £61,000 & referred to the Met police
 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/17/vote-leave-fined-and-reported-to-police-by-electoral-commission-brexit?CMP=share_btn_tw 

7/ And then there's dear @darrengrimes_, the head of BeLeave, who's ALSO been fined £20,000 & referred to the Met police. Note, Vote Leave/BeLeave's crimes are believed to be biggest UK electoral fraud of modern times. And it only made no.7 on the list....
 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/17/darren-grimes-the-student-pro-brexit-activist-fined-22k-vote-leave?CMP=share_btn_tw 

8/ Important to be equal opportunities about this. I'm always being asked why I'm not investigating Remain. Well, I didn't know of any crimes. But here's one, new today: Lib Dems fined for selling the personal data of 100,000 members to the Remain campaign
 https://dailym.ai/2D6QvKs 

9/ Have I finished? No, I have not. And nor has the ICO. Its investigation into UKIP & Cambridge Analytica is ongoing. UKIP has refused to co-operate & appealed to high court. Which dismissed it. (This is the invoice that @observerUK established @arron_banks paid for)

10/ So that's 9 investigations into crimes committed in EURef or suspected crimes involving National Crime Agency (x2), Met police (x3), ICO (x3). Note this Sunday @observerUK & @openDemocracy published new stories about new allegations, new crimes

 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/03/arron-banks-faces-new-claims-of-misleading-mps-over-brexit?CMP=share_btn_tw 

Yep, still just chasing 🦄🦄🦄

Clarifying" I'd really hoped we'd got some good crimes on the Remain side so we could persuade some of those law-n-order Leaver to finally see that law breaking in an election is not optimal behaviour...but it turns out the stuff about Lib Dems is still under investigation. Damn


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