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Kautilya Pruthi to face 30 fraud charges


The Crown Prosecution Service Central Fraud Group has authorised charges against Kautilya Nandan Pruthi in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme.

He has been charged with:

  • Participating in a fraudulent business contrary to section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006
  • Twenty-two counts of fraud contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006
  • Five counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968
  • Unauthorised regulated activity contrary to sections 19 and 23 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
  • Concealing, disguising, converting, transferring and removing criminal property contrary to section 327 and 334 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

These charges, which follow an investigation by the City of London Police, relate to Mr Pruthi's activities between 25 August 2005 and 10 June 2009.  The Financial Services Authority has obtained a judgment in the High Court requiring Mr Pruthi and others to pay £115M to investors.

Mr Pruthi will appear at City of London Magistrates' Court on 3 September 2010. He stands charged with serious offences and it is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice a trial.


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