After being extradited to Arizona on August 1st, on charges of fraud, money laundering and extortion, George Cottrell has pleaded not guilty to all 21 charges against him. He will be held behind bars until his court date as a judge ruled the 22-year-old a “serious flight risk.”
George Cottrell, a senior aide to Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, was arrested on July 22 as he and Mr. Farage disembarked a plane at Chicago O’Hare airport. They were on their way back to the UK after spending a week at the Republican National Convention in Ohio.
Cottrell, the grandson of the late Yorkshire landowner Lord Manton, is accused of agreeing to launder money on behalf of drug traffickers on the deepweb, who were undercover FBI agents.
Under the pseudonym ‘Bill,’ Cottrell advertised money laundering and consultation services on the deepweb between March and September 2014.
He offered the undercover FBI agents “complete anonymity and security” through his offshore accounts. A transaction took place where Cottrell laundered the money for the “drug dealers” and sent them the clean money using various mediums.
According to the indictment, he then tried to blackmail the drug dealers, still believing