22 year-old George Cottrell, formerly an aide to Nigel Farage, has admitted in a U.S. court to posing as a money launderer on the ‘dark web’.
He was caught after the drug dealers he agreed to launder money for turned out to be undercover FBI agents.
Cottrell could face around 20 years in a U.S. Federal prison.
The F.B.I. agree to drop many of the other charges against him in exchange for a guilty plea. It read:
I falsely claimed that I would launder the criminal proceeds through my bank accounts for a fee,” Cottrell said in his plea agreement. “Rather than launder any of the money, though … I intended to retain the money.
Cottrell used to run Nigel Farage’s private office and used to handle media requests on his behalf.
He has been imprisoned in Phoenix, Arizona, since earlier this year on money laundering, mail and wire fraud and blackmail charges, reports AZcentral.com
Unlikely his former boss would be able to bail him out now