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AgustaWestland Scam: ED attaches Paris property of 'middleman' Christian Michel's ex-wife

The Enforcement Directorate Alleged That The Woman Had Received Proceeds Of Crime Of This Scam From The Accused, Michel.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 11 Mar 2019, 05:53:56 PM
Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.

New Delhi:

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it has attached a Paris-based property worth Rs 5.83 crore of the ex-wife of Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, under the anti-money laundering law. It said a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) has been issued to attach the asset at 45 Avenue, Victor Hugo in France and it is in the name of Ms SCI Solaime and belongs to Michel's ex-wife Valerie Michel.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged that the woman had received "proceeds of crime" of this scam from the accused, Michel. The agency said its probe found that Michel "had transferred the amount received as kickbacks to various entities, including euro 9,22,185.76 (equivalent to Rs 5,83,40,422) to his ex-wife Valerie Michel and subsequently to SCI Solaime for investment in purchase of the immovable property."

Michel was extradited from the UAE in December last year and was arrested by the ED. He is in judicial custody. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the Rs 3,600-crore case by ED and CBI. The others are foreign nationals -- Guido Haschke and Carlos Gerosa.

The ED, in its chargesheet filed against Michel in June 2016, has alleged that he received euro 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland, the manufacturer of the helicopters.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published : 11 Mar 2019, 05:52:44 PM