Met Police search for money laundering suspect with links to Margate

Officers from the Met are searching for James Case

Detectives from the Met’s Economic Crime Unit are appealing for information to find a man with links to Margate who has been charged with money laundering offences.

Following an intelligence-led operation, James Case, 31, was charged on 15 November 2019 with two money laundering offences occurring in 2017.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 December 2019, where he was committed to Isleworth Crown Court.

Case failed to attend the Isleworth Crown Court hearing on Thursday, 16 January and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is described as 6ft 2ins tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and lightly tanned skin.

Case has links to Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, as well as Margate, Canterbury, Sturry, Bexley, Lewisham and Eltham in London.

The investigating team wish to speak to anyone who has information about his current whereabouts.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Case is asked to contact police by phoning 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


  1. This is interesting.
    There are vague government plans to set up ten “Freeports” around Britain and local Tories are keen for one here in east Kent.
    “Freeports” are notorious for being centres for money-laundering. Separate from the jurisdiction for normal law-enforcement, and deliberately set up to help firms avoid paying proper tax, they can be used to move money into from abroad, frequently from Russia, where money is acquired by dodgy means.
    Converted into gold or art, or diamonds, the amount sits in a vault behind the fences of the Freeport until another speculator buys it for cash and the original owner walks away with “clean” money.
    The art, or gold, stays in the Freeport until the next speculator buys it.

    Interesting that there are Margate connections to this case.
    I had assumed that the projected East Kent Freeport would be in Ramsgate or Folkestone as they have the remains of harbour facilities. Though Discovery Park(the former Pfizers site in Sandwich) would also be suitable for putting a fence round a secure site where high value goods could be stored.
    Freeports are nothing to do with job creation. They exist to launder money or to help firms avoid tax even when they are based in the UK.
    Perhaps , as freight will be prevented from being driven into Kent without the proper paperwork for crossing the county border, the whole of the County could be hived off from the UK as a huge “Freeport”.
    A criminals paradise.

    • Yes. And Britain’s reputation would be further damaged, as if it wasn’t already the money-laundering go-to place for dodgy investors.

  2. Manston Airport has been in the frame as a Freeport as well as another innovative idea. It would be the fist airport in the U.K. to be one.

  3. The met have done nothing about this guy since 2017,but the week the fincen files are released which shows extensive uk bank money washing and interpol disinterest esp. Russian money in London the met PR peopleput up a story about a low grade courier
    .nothing will happen.

  4. James Bond, I think it’s all part of the security services / government / police are all getting ready for the U.K. clamping down on dodgy deals after December 31st. What criminals don’t realise and why our prisons are so full is the police know full well what most of the criminals are up to and who knows who and what. The police just pick what door to knock on next off their list they like to pick their battles. It’s an idiot who ever takes the police as fools. That’s why there are a lot of idiots in prison.

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