UK Golden Visa is a channel for Crime for Some Rich

UK Accuses Woman on Golden Visa for Unexplained Source of Wealth

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The UK served an Azerbaijani woman Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) following reports she spent £30,000 on luxury chocolates in one day.

Zamira Hajiyeva’s, wife of a convicted Azerbaijani banker, an extravagant spending spree of above £16m became an issue when her husband was convicted of corruption and embezzlement in their home country causing UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to investigate her source of wealth.

According to court papers, Hajiyeva spent £30,000 on chocolates in a day. Between 2006 and 2016, she incurred £1.6 million worth of chocolates in a year as well as £1 million on toys and £5.75 million on jewelry, the papers revealed.

NCA’s Investigation

 

Following the introduction of ‘McMafia’ anti-corruption laws in 2018, NCA launched an investigation into the couple’s acquisition of a house in Knightsbridge and a golf club in Ascot worth £11.5 million and £10.5 million respectively and UWOs was given to the wife following reports she spent above £16 million at a luxury store.

As revealed by court documents yesterday, 28 May, Mrs. Hajiythre also spent £167,000 at Dixon’s furniture and cafe outlet in 2014.

The high court, based on NCA’s investigation, released an extensive list of her spendings over the ten years. Some of the transactions were done through three different loyalty cards as well as 35 credit cards from her convicted banker husband.

From 2001 to 2015, the banker was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA). He was given 15 years jail term for fraud and embezzlement immediately after his resignation in 2015. In addition to repayment of about £30 million) to IBA, his £50,000 watch was confiscated.

Hajiyeva is on indefinite leave in the UK following the approval of her application for a golden visa, but embezzlement claims could see her removed to Azerbaijan.

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