Two workers for millionaire weed magnate among 4 arrested for ‘kidnapping, shooting him and dumping body in luxury car’ – The Sun

TWO of the four suspects in custody for the kidnapping and murder of a millionaire weed magnate worked for the 50-year-old man, cops say.

Cannabis businessman Tushar Atre was sleeping in his California home early on Oct 1 when he was forced into his vehicle and driven to another property he owned, according to cops.


He was found shot to death in a luxury vehicle hours after he was taken.

Kurtis Charters, Stephen Nicolas Lindsay, Kaleb Charters, and Joshua James Camps – all 23 or younger –  were arrested this week, and their identities were revealed on Thursday.

Kurtis Charters, 22, and 19-year-old Kaleb are brothers.

Lindsay is just 22, and Camps is 23.

“There is compelling evidence against these four people,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said during a press conference.

Kaleb Charters and the 22-year-old Lindsay worked for Atre’s marijuana business Interstitial Systems, according to cops.

They were arrested in Michigan and Southern California on Tuesday for kidnapping, murder and robbery.


“Dozens of people knew and worked for Tushar. Their names came up early,” said Lt. Brian Cleveland of the sheriff's office, according to KRON.

“We were able to gather more and more information on this group.”

Critical evidence against the suspects include surveillance video recorded near the Santa Cruz County home where Atre was abducted.

Investigators say three assailants kidnapped him.

“This was a senseless crime. These people wanted monetary gain,” Cleveland said, according to KRON.

“They were there to take monetary items from Tushar.

"They were armed with a rifle. This was a planned event.”

Cops served hundreds of search warrants and witnesses were urged to come forward with information during the seven-month probe.

“We butted up against a lot of closed doors over the last seven or eight months," Hart told reporters.

"And every time that happened, our investigators found somewhere else to go with this case.

"This case was solved by outstanding police work being supported by a lot of different groups.

"I’m extremely proud of the work our investigation teams did.

"All of that work has culminated into bringing four people who did a very awful thing to justice."

Kaleb Charters is being extradited to California, according to KRON, while the other three are being held without bail in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

 

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The millionaire moguls cashing in on taxpayers’ money as Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney & Mike Ashley furlough staff – The Sun

VICTORIA Beckham sparked fury this week by furloughing 25 of her fashion staff despite her family being worth a reported £335million – but she's far from the only big name making the most of taxpayers' cash.

Everyone from Sir Richard Branson and Stella McCartney to Sir Philip Green are facing the wrath of the public amid reports they're relying on government funds to pay their staff.

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Joined by major names like Donald Trump, Mike Ashley and the billionaire owners of London's luxury hotel Claridges, it's sparked major debate over exactly where the line should be drawn when it comes to the mega rich getting a bailout amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It was revealed at the weekend that Spice Girls star Victoria, 46, will be using the Government's furlough scheme, which will see the taxpayer paying 80 per cent of employees' wages of up to £2,500 per month.

She has chosen not to take her salary during the crisis and has lost yet another senior executive after her chief ­marketing officer quit.

A recent poll by the Sun Online found that 80% of readers disagreed with her decision, while stars like Piers Morgan, Ricky Gervais, Duncan Bannatyne and Simon Cowell have also slammed her and Branson for not using their own means to fund their staff.

A spokeswoman for ­Victoria said: “We are working hard to ensure our much-valued VB team are protected by keeping our business healthy."

Andrew Speke, from the think tank High Pay Centre, tells the Sun Online: "It is right that the Government has prioritised protecting jobs and incomes and the furlough scheme has largely been effective in doing that.

"But the public are right to be angry, when they see billionaire CEOs using taxpayers' money rather than their own.

"Given how low-paid workers have led the efforts in fighting this pandemic, those whose wealth depends on their work should be expected to give up some of their riches rather than further burdening the tax payer."

Here's a look at more rich names being given a funding boost amid the coronavirus crisis…

Stella McCartney – £60m

Fashion designer Stella McCartney – worth around £60million – is also said to be furloughing her staff during the coronavirus crisis.

One employee told the Mail Online: "What she has done is morally wrong and socially unacceptable.

"We had all expected much more from Stella, but she has shown no loyalty. She prides herself on social credentials, but we have just been dumped."

Unlike Beckham however, who has sacrificed her own salary, it is claimed McCartney, 48, has told her staff there are no plans to top up their wages with her own cash.

Staff at her two London flagship stores have reportedly received letters informing them about the furlough plans, while shops in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas have also been forced to close under coronavirus lockdown.


An insider told the website up to half the 1,400 employees at 51 stores worldwide were being placed on furlough.

McCartney – daughter of Beatle Paul – is the sole owner of her company, with the brand seeing a turnover of more than £500million a year.

A spokesman told MailOnline not all staff had been placed on furlough and refused to comment on salary cuts for staff.

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Sir Richard Branson – £3.8bn

Despite the fact he's estimated to be worth £3.8billion, Sir Richard Branson has warned the future of his airline hangs in the balance unless it receives a £500million government bailout.

In an open letter to staff, posted on Twitter this week, the Virgin Group chief said he was prepared to put his private Caribbean island Necker up as collateral to save the business.


The post also says Virgin Group “will do everything we can” to keep the airline going.

Sir Richard continues: “But we will need government support to achieve that in the face of the severe uncertainty surrounding travel today and not knowing how long the planes will be grounded for.

“This would be in the form of a commercial loan – it wouldn’t be free money and the airline would pay it back (as easyJet will do for the £600 million loan the government recently gave them).


“The reality of this unprecedented crisis is that many airlines around the world need government support and many have already received it.”

Sir Richard goes on to claim he’ll raise “as much money” as possible against Necker island, the tax-free British Virgin Island he lives on with wife Joan, to save jobs across Virgin Atlantic.

Necker island was purchased in 1980 by Sir Richard when he was 29 years old.

It’s now said to be worth around £80million.

Sir Philip Green – £1.8bn

Joining the ranks was millionaire Topshop boss Sir Philip Green at the start of this month, who came under fire for using taxpayer money to cover the wages of 14,500 employees – many of them shop workers.

These staff, who work under Arcadia's Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop, and Wallis brands, will get most of their wages covered by the Government.


Some have now claimed Green should use his private wealth – or even his yacht – to pay for wages. According to Forbes, Green is worth $2.2billion (£1.8billion) overall.

It's unclear if he still owns one or more yachts, but last summer he was pictured playing table tennis with footballer Christian Ronaldo on his £120million 300ft super yacht called "Lionheart".


Arcadia says its board and senior leadership team will take a salary reduction of between 25 per cent and 50 per cent as a result of the epidemic, while group chief executive, Ian Grabiner, has elected to receive no salary or benefits until further notice.

It declined to comment on whether Green could use his own wealth to pay wages.

Donald Trump – £1.7bn

He may have an estimated worth of $2.1billion (£1.7billion) – down a billion dollars since coronavirus, according to Forbes – but Donald Trump's still reportedly asking Irish taxpayers to foot the bill for furloughed staff at his luxury golf resort in Doonbeg, County Clare.


According to the Irish Post, the US president has had to furlough the majority of the resort's staff amid coronavirus.

"We've laid off the vast majority of our staff," Doonbeg chief Joe Russell said. "We are ensuring they're looked after in terms of the government schemes that are available."

While the resort can employ up to 300 staff members at its busiest times, they didn't confirm how many had been furloughed.

Trump can't claim aid in the US, but there's nothing barring his companies signing up to Ireland's furlough scheme.

Meanwhile, the Post reports The Trump Organsation is also seeking help from the UK's furlough scheme to pay staff at several golf resorts he owns in Scotland too.

Mike Ashley – £2.1bn

Newcastle became the first Premier League club to place non-first team staff on leave last month, with an email from managing director Lee Charnley telling them they would need to apply to the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme at the time.

Despite backlash over the decision – and Premier League rivals Liverpool reversing their own decision – controversial owner Mike Ashley has so far stuck to his guns, despite Forbes claiming he's worth around $2.6billion (£2.1billion).

It means non-playing staff across various departments will have 80% of their wages paid for by the government.

There is now speculation the decision could be reversed if a takeover takes place in the coming days however. Newcastle have declined to comment.

It comes after the Sports Direct owner also lobbied the Government to keep his shops open, arguing they were an “essential service”.

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Having eventually backed down after a backlash, Ashley later said he was “deeply apologetic”.

Billionaire owners of Claridges & The Connaught

They're the billionaire owners of three of London's most luxurious hotels, but Qatar Holding, the sovereign wealth fund backed by the Qatari royal family, have now reportedly furloughed 1,200 staff at Claridges, The Connaught and The Berkeley Hotel.



The fund's Maybourne Group, which owns the hotels, confirmed to the Sun Online they will rely on the UK government to fund 80% of their staff's wages, back dated to March 24.

All three of the hotels were forced to stop taking guests, along with other establishments across the country, following Boris Johnson's lockdown orders on March 23.

However, Claridges has remained open to offer space for NHS workers amid the crisis – with free accommodation and food on offer between their shifts.

A spokesperson confirmed that Maybourne Group will be making up the remaining 20% of wages for furloughed workers, adding: "We furloughed our staff from 24th March and envisage that they will remain on furlough until the end of June, assuming the hotels will be unable to operate until then."

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Quiz writer claims millionaire cheats the Ingrams are PLEASED with ITV drama – despite being seen as ‘perfect villains’

The writer of Quiz has claims millionaire cheats the Ingrams are PLEASED with the new ITV drama – despite being seen as ‘perfect villains’.

The couple grabbed the headlines in 2001 after Charles Ingram was accused of cheating his way to £1 million on hit ITV quiz show, Who Wants To Be The Millionaire with the help of his wife Diana.

It was claimed the couple had planted someone in the audience to cough when host Chris Tarrant read out the right answer, and Charles was convicted of a single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception after a lengthy trial at Southwark Crown Court.

However, the couple have always protested their innocence and James Graham, the writer of the new ITV drama has tried to highlight both sides of the argument in the show.

James approached the Ingram's while making the show, revealing: "We spoke to everyone. We spoke to all sides, I think you have to be.

"I’ve mainly done political dramas in the past where there’s a level of expectation – I think from politicians – that they’ll face that kind of scrutiny and they’ll be dragged through the mud a little bit.


"That didn’t feel fair, certainly with the Ingram's who might not necessarily want this story to re-emerge. "So we deliberately engaged with them very early on from rehearsals and all the way through this TV drama.
"We invited them onto the set, they met [actors] Sian and Matthew. I think, I hope, that given that we are at least raising the possibility that maybe not all is not quite it seems, they seem quite pleased that this conversation is being had."

Speaking about the furore that surrounded the scandal – and the couple – at the time, James added: "I mean they are perfect villains, they are quite well spoken, they look privileged even though they aren’t.

"I mean they were renting their house but they came on and they cheated and they’re just such easy foils."

The drama sees Matthew Macfadyen playing Charles while Sian Clifford plays Diana and Michael Sheen stars as Millionaire host Chris. 

Quiz airs on ITV on Easter Monday at 9pm.

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Millionaire businessman, 50, escapes lengthy driving ban

Millionaire businessman, 50, escapes lengthy driving ban for speeding repeatedly in his £50,000 Range Rover Vogue after claiming it would ruin his son’s Premier League football dreams

  • Insurance broker Philip Davies, 50, was given six-week road ban on Wednesday
  • He was caught travelling at speeds of 37mph and 39mph in 30mph zone in June
  • Claimed he needed car to take Premier-League aspiring son to and from games
  • JPs granted businessman’s plea for ‘exceptional hardship’ at magistrates court 

A millionaire businessman has escaped a lengthy driving ban for speeding repeatedly in his £50,000 Range Rover Vogue after claiming it would ruin his son’s Premier League football dreams. 

Insurance broker Philip Davies, 50, was caught travelling at speeds of 37mph and 39mph in a 30mph zone on the A56 in Stretford in June 2019.

Davies, who had 13 points on his driving licence, faced a minimum six-month ban for the two offences, but claimed he needed his car to be able to take his Premier-League aspiring son to and from matches. 

A millionaire businessman has escaped a lengthy driving ban for speeding repeatedly in his £50,000 Range Rover after claiming it would ruin his son’s Premier League football dreams

The company director was handed a six-week road ban after JPs granted the businessman’s plea for ‘exceptional hardship’ at Manchester magistrates court.

His lawyer argued it would be Davies’ family who would be affected most. His 13-year old privately educated son has a two-year contract with the Academy squad at Burnley FC and Davies said he was ‘not in the position’ to get public transport.

Davies claimed that a road suspension could lead to the youngster’s contract being terminated.

Davies, who lives in a £1.5m mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire, already had three points from a speeding conviction in May 2017 and four points from an offence in October 2018 and at the time he had 13 points on his licence due to the speeding convictions from July 2016. 

Prosecutor Mike Ardern said: ‘At the time he had 13 points on his licence for speeding. Police wrote to Mr Davies and he accepted he was driving the car and he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

‘Some points will have dropped off his licence right now, but the offences committed in June were still within the three-year period, if only just.’

Davies, who had 13 points on driving licence, faced minimum six-month ban for two offences

In mitigation, Thomas Sherrington said: ‘Financial hardship does not amount to exceptional hardship, but this is a clear example where hardship would be exceptional. All members of his family are innocent.’

Speaking briefly from the witness box, Mr Davies said: ‘I apologise for the indiscretions. I didn’t mean to do any of them.’

Davies was fined 1,500 and ordered to pay £185 in costs and surcharges. His licence was endorsed a further six points bringing his total to 13 after the 2016 speeding matters expired.

Passing sentence, chairman of the bench Michael Mainan said: ‘In total you now have 13 points on your licence. 

‘We have considered the exceptional hardship and the bench are minded to grant it due to your circumstances, especially around your son and wife. You will, however, be banned from driving for six weeks.’




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