The woman unmasked as being behind a £16million Harrods spending spree splashed the cash on lavish items including £100,000 Cartier jewellery.
Zamira Hajiyeva lived a life of luxury in a £11.5m five-bed property in the affluent area of Knightsbridge, London, a stone’s throw away from the posh department store.
And Hajiyeva, originally from Azerbaijan, used 35 credit cards – spending £1.6million in Harrod’s every year between 2006 and 2016, according to the National Crime Agency.
It is equivalent to more than £4,000 a day.
Court documents show she once spent £150,000 in a single day at Harrods on Boucheron, a luxury jewellery, perfume and watches brand.
The following day, it is claimed, she bought £1,800 worth of expensive wines and spirits from the store where she had several loyalty cards.
A court heard she boasted a wine cellar stocked with some of the world’s most expensive bottles.
It is also claimed she spent £10m purchasing the Mill Ride Golf Club in Ascot, Berkshire, a further £31m on a Gulfstream G550 jet, £100,000 on Cartier jewellery, as well as £20,000 on luxury men’s goods.
Hajiyeva’s identify was shrouded in secrecy until recently when she lost a legal battled to stay anonymous.
The 55-year-old appeared in court as the National Crime Agency (NCA) demanded she explain her vast, unexplained wealth.
Investigators believe it comes from money embezzled by her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev.
He was chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, the country’s only state-owned bank, from 2001 to 2015.
He was convicted of fraud and embezzlement in October 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
He was ordered to repay £28 million and jailed for 15 years.
Hajiyeva fled Azerbaijan but she was arrested "in absentia" on charges of "misappropriation of state funds" and is still on the country’s ‘wanted-list’.
She now risks losing her home and the Berkshire golf course. She is the first target for the UK’s new anti-corruption law.
But lawyers for Hajiyeva told the High Court that she and her husband are suffering a massive injustice. She says she is innocent of the accusations.
The NCA were able to track her spending with court papers revealing three Harrods loyalty cards were issued to Hajiyeva between September 2006 and June 2016 to the value of £16million.
The papers said: "Enquiries show that a significant number of these cards, namely 35 American Express, Mastercard and Visa cards were issued by the Bank [International Bank of Azerbaijan]."
The British Virgin Island Financial Investigation Agency have confirmed Hajiyeva is the beneficial owner of two off-shore companies used to purchase the London townhouses and the golf club.
Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) – known as McMafia laws – which came into effect earlier this year, are designed to make it easier for police to seize property and assets of those with unexplained assets of more than £50,000.
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