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SFO arrests flight-risk suspect in car-leasing investigation

20 October, 2021 | Case Updates

This press release was amended on 22 December 2021 to extended the deadline for investors to complete a confidential questionnaire.

  • A suspect linked to the Raedex Consortium case has been arrested, after the Serious Fraud Office determined that he intends to leave the UK.
  • Assisting the SFO, Surrey Police arrested the suspect earlier this morning.
  • The SFO is asking all investors linked to the Raedex Consortium to assist the investigation, by completing a questionnaire.

Earlier this morning, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), supported by Surrey Police, arrested a suspect in connection with an ongoing investigation into the activities of the Raedex Consortium.

The SFO determined that the suspect could be preparing to leave the United Kingdom. The suspect has been taken to a local police station where they are being interviewed by SFO Officers.

This is the latest development in the SFO’s probe into suspected fraud at the Raedex Consortium, which includes the companies Buy2Let Cars, PayGo Cars and Raedex trading as Wheels4Sure and Rent2Own Cars, in the period 2012 to 2021.

The SFO is investigating car leasing schemes, where investors were given the chance to invest in cars which would be leased out. At the point the companies entered administration, over 800 people invested in excess of an estimated £70 million and stood to lose a significant amount.

Today’s arrest follows the SFO’s announcement of the investigation in April 2021, when investigators raided two properties, arrested one individual and conducted interviews of two suspects.

As the investigation continues, the SFO is appealing to investors in the suspected fraudulent schemes to come forward and complete a questionnaire by 31 January 2022. 

The SFO fights complex financial crime, delivers justice for victims and protects the UK’s global reputation as a safe place to do business. The SFO investigates and prosecutes the most serious or complex cases of fraud, bribery and corruption, while also recovering the proceeds of crime worldwide.

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