An Instagram influencer and barmaid risk being stripped of luxury cars and thousands of dollars given to them by an ex-boyfriend accused of laundering money.
Tori Maddison Preiss, 25, and 24-year-old Kaori Celine Nakase previously dated a man purported to have a $10million Bitcoin fortune.
That man, Benjamin Thomas Nelson, is being investigated by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission, who allege he is a money launderer. The money is suspected to have come from illegal online drug sales.
Both women face losing assets provided by Mr. Nelson, in a case brought before the Queensland Supreme Court by the CCC.
Tori Maddison Preiss (pictured) risks losing a luxury car and having cash in bank accounts frozen after they were allegedly provided by an ex-boyfriend accused of money laundering.
Ms Preiss (pictured) has not been charged with any criminal offence but is alleged to have held assets which belong to Benjamin Thomas Nelson
The CCC are attempting to remove assets from Mr Nelson and his associates, under laws aimed at removing assets from alleged criminals prior to a criminal conviction being recorded. The CCC alleges Ms Preiss’ $75,000 Audi A5 cabriolet was purchased using ‘dirty’ Bitcoin money.
Four bank accounts in Ms Preiss’ name face being frozen, including a $100,000 term deposit and an account which had $220,000 transferred from a Bitcoin account. Ms Preiss, who has been named as an interested party in the case, has not been charged with any criminal offence.
However, she is alleged to have held assets which belong to Mr Nelson.
The CCC alleges a $637,800 Lamborghini Huracan registered in the name of Ms Nakase, a former bartender, and purchased using Bitcoins in October 2019 was paid for with laundered money.
The car, bank accounts containing more than $140,000, several Bitcoin accounts and a Gold Coast home are ‘tainted property’, CCC Proceeds of Crime director Sharon Raabe alleges in her affidavit.
Kaori Celine Nakase (pictured) jointly owns a house with Mr Nelson, which was allegedly purchased outright ‘using a deliberately complex series of transactions’
A $637,000 Lamborghini Huracan (pictured) registered in Ms Nakase’s name was allegedly purchased using laundered money
The $745,000 four-bedroom home in Pimpama, jointly owned by Mr Nelson and Ms Nakase, was purchased outright ‘using a deliberately complex series of transactions’ to avoid detection by authorities, the CCC alleges.
The home has currently been restrained under proceeds of crime laws.
Queensland Supreme Court Justice Frances Williams on Thursday ordered Mr Nelson to provide details of his assets of $5000 he now owns and has owned in the past six years.
Ms Nakase also has to give details of assets of $5000 or more.
The CCC told the court Mr Nelson made statements that he never wanted certain assets in his name as ‘he was worried the police would know’.
The case continues on Friday.
In June last year, Ms Nakase pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence and one count of driving with a drug in her system.