The rise and fall of the Chinese 'Bitcoin queen': How takeaway worker drove an ... trends now

The rise and fall of the Chinese 'Bitcoin queen': How takeaway worker drove an ... trends now
The rise and fall of the Chinese 'Bitcoin queen': How takeaway worker drove an ... trends now

The rise and fall of the Chinese 'Bitcoin queen': How takeaway worker drove an ... trends now

Jian Wen came to Britain to ‘enjoy the better things in life’.

The 42-year-old drove a E-Class Mercedes-Benz, indulged in £30,000 Harrods shopping sprees and enrolled her son at prestigious £6,000-a-term Heathside Preparatory School near her £5 million home.

It was only when she embarked on building a global property empire, attempting to buy a £23m Hampstead mansion, a £10million Tuscan villa and apartments in Dubai that alarm bells started to ring about the single mother who barely had £5,000 to her name when she arrived in the UK to work in a Chinese takeaway.

Yesterday the Chinese immigrant who helped launder Bitcoin from a £5bn investment fraud was jailed for more than six years.

Judge Sally-Ann Hales, KC, said Wen played a key role in a sophisticated criminal enterprise who was ‘generously rewarded’ for her work laundering the proceeds of a wealth management swindle in China, where 128,000 investors were duped.

Jian Wen (pictured) came to Britain to ¿enjoy the better things in life¿

Jian Wen (pictured) came to Britain to ‘enjoy the better things in life’ 

Wen tried to buy a £23million Hampstead mansion (pictured) - prompting alarm bells to ring over the source of the funds

Wen tried to buy a £23million Hampstead mansion (pictured) - prompting alarm bells to ring over the source of the funds

Police have linked Wen’s accounts to a staggering £3.4billion in the cryptocurrency, which she was helping a fraudster to launder in Britain.

A receipt for £75,000 worth of diamonds bought in Zurich

A receipt for £75,000 worth of diamonds bought in Zurich

After Wen moved to Britain in 2007 she ended up living below a Chinese restaurant in London, earning just £5,979 a year.

But life changed after she saw an advert on Chinese social media app WeChat to be a ‘butler’ for a woman who claimed to run an international business trading in diamonds and antiques.

Just weeks after meeting the woman at a five-star hotel in Kensington, Wen moved to a £5million six-bedroom manor house near Hampstead Heath rented for £17,000 a month.

The pair travelled around the world, holidaying in Europe, Thailand and Dubai under various aliases, while Wen opened a series of cryptocurrency accounts making meticulous notes of transactions in a Wallace and Gromit notebook.

They sold Bitcoin and bought fine jewellery, splashing out on over £44,000 worth of gems at Christopher Walser Vintage Diamonds in Zurich, and watches worth £119,000 from Van Cleef & Arpels.

In three months, more than £90,000 was spent in Harrods on designer clothing, jewellery and shoes using a rewards card in Wen’s name.

She snapped up two apartments in Dubai for more than

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