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Undated: George Cottrell (born 1 October 1993) is a British former politician, financier, and convicted felon.

Cottrell was a senior advisor to Nigel Farage and head of fundraising for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) up until his arrest at the 2016 Republican National Convention.[2]

-- 2016 --

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August 12: Farage aide held in US over money laundering claims: Son of glamour model who once dated Prince Charles facing years in jail after 'offering his services on the dark web'

George Cottrell was arrested and led away in handcuffs as he and the former Ukip leader got off a flight in Chicago.

Cottrell, who runs Mr Farage’s private office, is in custody awaiting trial on 21 charges including attempted extortion, money laundering and fraud.

-- 2017 --

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January 3:
Nigel Farage distances himself from former aide facing 20 years in US jail for trying to defraud criminals on the ‘dark web’

Asked if he was disappointed in the former aide, Mr Farage said: "Surprised ... he was 20 years old at the time this happened. Guilt, no guilt, fallen into bad company - I'm not sure."

The ex-aide [George Cottrell], who is in his 20s, now faces up to two decades in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 (£203,000) after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

Mr Cottrell, who comes from a wealthy, aristocratic family, was arrested as he returned from the Republican Party convention with Mr Farage on July 22.

His uncle, Lord Hesketh, a former hereditary peer, worked for ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher before losing his seat in 1999 as a result of the House of Lords Act. He later defected to Ukip

June 1: Donald Trump’s white nationalist campaign attracted anti-immigrant, pro-Russia politicians from across Europe. In particular “Brexit” leader Nigel Farage, the proudly racist and sexist former head of the nationalist UK Independence Party, made an unprecedented trans-Atlantic push for Trump. Farage attended the Republican convention, did media appearances to support Trump, joined in raising the rabble at Trump rallies, and even defended Trump’s ugly Access Hollywood statements as just the bragging of an “alpha male.” Farage is also an admirer of Trump adviser Steve Bannon, with a Breitbart-friendly relationship that extends back at least three years. And now Trump and Farage have something else in common:

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told.

Farage says he’s never even been to Russia … though he refuses to say if he’s received payment from RT or other Russian state media. Farage has met with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, with Assange-friendly whackadoodle Roger Stone, and seems to have just incidentally been involved with a lot of people whose names keep showing up on the FBI radar.

“He’s right in the middle of these relationships. He turns up over and over again. There’s a lot of attention being paid to him.”

Farage has some recent FBI experience. In July, the FBI nabbed Farage’s top aide, for laundering drug money through the dark net.

The aide, George Cottrell, previously ran the UKIP offices as well as Farage’s personal blog. He was arrested by the FBI when Farage and Cottrell came to the US for the Republican Convention. Cottrell was later found guilty of wire fraud for offering to help criminals launder funds.

-- 2018 --

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January 2: Bad Boys of Brexit

George Cottrell co-directed Brexit fundraising for Ukip and managed Nigel Farage’s office in the run-up to the referendum. He is also a convicted fraudster.

In his book about the Brexit campaign, Arron Banks refers to Cottrell, the nephew of Lord Hesketh – a former Tory minister who defected to Ukip – as “Posh George“, saying he is “posh to the point of caricature and wilfully abrasive, but extremely generous when it comes to picking up the bar tab”.

Previously, Cottrell had worked in banking, specialising in “offshore investment” and boasting about his expertise in money laundering. According to former Ukip candidate William Cash, it was Cottrell’s knowledge of “the murky and complicated world of shadow banking, secret offshore accounts and sophisticated financial structures” that landed him his role at Ukip.

In December 2016 Cottrell was convicted in the US of a scam that involved laundering drug money on the dark web, having been arrested in Chicago earlier in the year as he travelled back with Farage after a trip to support Donald Trump’s candidacy at the Republican National Convention. He served eight months in jail, after a plea agreement that reduced his sentence from a possible maximum of 20 years.

June 16: Leading Brexit Campaigner Apparently Passed Documents on U.S. Probe into George Cottrell to the Russians

A top Brexit campaigner, who met repeatedly with Russian officials, appeared to share details of the indictment of George Cottrell, a dark web operator working for the campaign.

One of the Brexit campaign chiefs appeared to pass documents detailing an American law enforcement investigation to a Russian official, according to a cache of leaked emails.

The papers, which detailed a probe into dark web money laundering, were apparently shared with the Russian embassy in London by Leave.EU executive Andy Wigmore. They concerned the arrest of Brexit financier George Cottrell, who was seized at an airport on the way home from the Republican convention in 2016 where Donald Trump had just been nominated as the presidential candidate.

Cottrell had been at the convention in Cleveland with his boss Nigel Farage, who dined with Roger Stone and met a string of other Republican operatives and elected officials.

December 21: Cottrell happened to be with [Nigel] Farage in Chicago in August 2016, during a visit to the U.S. for the Republican Convention, when Cottrell was arrested and charged with money-laundering offenses. Federal prosecutors said Cottrell had offered, via the dark web, to launder money for undercover agents posing as drug traffickers. He pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud and served eight months. Cottrell didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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December 22:
U.K. right-wing party adviser George Cottrell admits role in 'dark web' scam

A British right-wing party adviser has admitted posing as an international money launderer on the "dark web," aiming to rip off criminals in Phoenix, court records show.

George Swinfen Cottrell, 22, has been held in Phoenix on money laundering, mail and wire fraud and blackmail charges since summer. He pleaded guilty Monday to a scheme that involved extorting money from drug traffickers.

"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."

Only one problem: The drug dealers he targeted were undercover federal agents.

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