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One jetsetter Aram Sheibani whose luxurious lifestyle was funded by “unexplained wealth” was found with Bentleys, stolen artwork, £ 5 million homes and a “party box” of drugs, a jury heard.
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Aram Sheibani, 40, told his girlfriend not to tell them when police escorted him from his apartment in Bowdon, Greater Manchester, a judge at the Manchester Crown Court heard.
During a raid on his home, officials found £ 160,000 in cash and cocaine in his safe, a jury was told on the second day of his trial.
Sheibani bought a Bentley and documents show that a deposit of £ 25,000 was paid. However, his bank statements only show a transfer of £ 5,000, it said.
“He also bought a white Bentley convertible, bought it in California, it was brand new, and paid $ 250,000 in cash,” said QC District Attorney Nicholas Clarke.
Officials also found a piece of paper with 24 handwritten words that were later recognized as the seed for cryptocurrency recovery and the code for a £ 136,000 bitcoin wallet – now valued at over £ 1.5 million.
The court heard that drugs, two Enco phones, two cash counters and the keys to a black Porsche Panamera parked outside were also found.
And a cache of drugs, viewed as a “party box” containing cocaine, MDMA, Viagra, and numbing cream, was confiscated by police, it said.
On the same day, police carried out search warrants in three lockers, in which more cash, laptops, an Apple Macbook and two Porsche keys were found.
Mr Clarke QC said, “He has deposited significant amounts of unrecorded cash in and from his UK and overseas bank accounts, enabling a lifestyle of designer goods, expensive artwork (albeit some of it stolen) and frequent international travel the norm.
He also bought two military-grade “Enco” phones that are very difficult to crack, extremely specialized, and expensive.
“Prosecutors say senior criminals are using ‘enco’ phones to hide criminal activity from law enforcement eyes.”
Officials also found an Ironkey Mission Impossible USB storage device believed to be tamper-proof and costly. If more than ten passwords are entered incorrectly, the device will destroy all data contained in them.
It has been said that, despite many requests for passwords for the “Enco” phones and Ironkey, Sheibani has not provided any information to date.
The Crown claims that Sheibani’s tax records are incomplete and there are some years when he has not filed a tax return or has not disclosed any income, profits or capital gains.