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Luxury Concierge Service Was Illegal Private Bank, US Says

  • Utah native charged with conspiracy to own unlicensed business
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A businessman who claimed to operate a high-end concierge service featuring custom credit cards crafted from solid gold was actually operating an illegal private bank that provided discreet financial services to high-net-worth customers, prosecutors said.

UK resident Christopher James Scanlon, 43, was arrested Thursday at Miami International Airport and charged with conspiring to control and own an unlicensed money-transmitting business, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey said in a statement.