Wife of former chief of staff Keith Schembri, Josette Schembri Vella, was charged with money laundering offences related to her company on Friday. Linked to the company 3 City Designs, the transactions were set to have been carried out between 2008 and 2020. Inspector Leanne Bonello, who forms part of the anti money laundering team, stated the suspicious amount subject to the charges total to around €1.5 million.
Schembri Vella and the company are accused jointly of having converted or transferred property when they knew or suspected it was directly or indirectly acquired through criminal activity. They were also accused of having aced as accomplices to criminal activity.
The court agreed to give bail to Vella Schembri against a deposit of €10,000 and a personal guarantee of €40,000. Keith Schembri himself is facing charges of money laundering, criminal conspiracy, fraud and forgery but is currently undergoing medical treatment.