An NHS nurse bought a shoe collection ‘to rival Imelda Marcos’ and enjoyed shopping sprees at Harrods on the proceeds of a £10 million banking scam, a court has heard. Businessman Andrew Chukwu, 35, and his wife Grace Chukwu, 38, are said to have led a ‘lavish lifestyle’ from the proceeds of the swindle and spent £90,000 on private education for their three children. They were allegedly part of a gang who targeted Liberal peer Lord Wrigglesworth who lost £88,000. Grace Chukwu, 38, is said to have gone on shopping sprees at Harrods (pictured) in London with money raised from the scam. The court heard that when police searched her home there were receipts for high end shopping in stores such as Harrods When arrested at his £860,000 home in Essex, Chukwu, claimed he ran a legitimate business with a yearly turn-over of £16,840, Blackfriars Crown Court heard. But investigators found Rolex and Cartier watches alongside Grace Chukwu’s vast collection of designer shoes. John Hardy, QC, prosecuting outlined some their alleged spending – including shopping sprees at Harrods. He said: ‘When their home address was searched, aside from the paperwork relating to school fees, expensive watches including Rolexes and Cartiers were found. ‘A… Read full this story
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