Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, Mansoor Hussain proudly posed with celebrities including Meghan Markle, Beyonce and Simon Cowell.
But the millionaire businessman, who loved to boast of his A-list connections on social media, was not all he seemed.
Investigators believe the 40-year-old Poundworld owner laundered vast sums for criminal networks linked to a convicted murderer, drug dealing and arms trafficking.
Mansoor Hussain, who boasted of his A-list connections including Meghan Markle in 2013 (pictured), laundered vast sums for criminal networks, investigators say
Now the National Crime Agency has seized almost £10million from the property developer.
In the first successful use of a 'McMafia' order – so called after the BBC TV drama series starring James Norton – Hussain has had to hand over 45 properties, including million-pound mansions and apartment blocks in London, Cheshire and Leeds.
The NCA used an unexplained wealth order (UWO) to target the alleged criminal, who has spent years flaunting his money.
Hussain's Twitter and Instagram pages are filled with pictures of him posing with stars, politicians and royalty in locations such as Barbados, New York, Monaco and Saint-Tropez.
In one photograph, which he repeatedly posted on social media, he can be seen hugging Meghan Markle at the Global Gift Gala in London in 2013, three years before she met Prince Harry.
After the royal marriage, Hussain republished the image to his 134,000 Instagram followers, captioned: 'Great night with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.'
Hussain was the director of a set production company which ran shows for Beyonce (pictured), Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, the Spice Girls and Take That
As the director of a set production company which ran shows for Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, the Spice Girls and Take That, Hussain – who calls himself Manni Boss – never missed a photo opportunity.
He has been pictured with Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green, Cherie Blair, Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan and entrepreneur Michelle Mone.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart