Former glamour model and ex-lover of Joe Calzaghe is charged in Dubai money smuggling operation

Former glamour model and ex-lover of Joe Calzaghe is charged in Dubai money smuggling operation 2
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Joe Calzaghe’s glamour model ex, 43, is charged by detectives from ‘Britain’s FBI’ accused of being a ‘cash carrier’ smuggling millions of pounds in criminal cash out of the UK to Dubai

  • Former glamour model Jo Emma Larvin, 43, charged in money smuggling sting 
  • Larvin allegedly implicated in ‘cash courier’ scheme that saw dozens of people carry suitcases stuffed with cash and transport them from the UK to Dubai
  • Larvin and man believed to be her partner, Jonathan Johnson, were both bailed 
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A glamour model turned wildlife photographer who led a celebrity lifestyle is among 12 people charged in connection with a multi-million pound money smuggling operation.

Jo Emma Larvin, 43, who once dated boxer Joe Calzaghe, was among a dozen people who appeared before magistrates last week in a case involving large amounts of cash being taken out of the UK to Dubai in suitcases.

The ‘cash couriers’ are said to have been recruited in order to smuggle the money out of the UK and knowing full well it was from the proceeds of crime.

Larvin and a man believed to be her current partner Jonathan Johnson, 54, were bailed along with the others until their next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on October 27.

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The pair divide their time between a home in Ripon, North Yorkshire and luxury hotels in Dubai, while on her Instagram profile Larvin has posted pictures of glamorous holidays they have enjoyed in the Maldives and Tanzania.

She runs a lifestyle firm called Larvin Life and describes her interests as ‘wildlife, safari and interiors’ – just a day after being bailed she posted a picture on her Facebook page of herself on a beach in Scotland.

The caption read: ‘Love love love the Scottish Highlands. So ruggedly wild and beautiful, like another world. UK road tripping.’

Former glamour model Jo Emma Larvin, 43, (pictured left) was among a dozen people who appeared before magistrates last week in a case involving large amounts of cash being taken out of the UK to Dubai in suitcases

Former glamour model Jo Emma Larvin, 43, (pictured left) was among a dozen people who appeared before magistrates last week in a case involving large amounts of cash being taken out of the UK to Dubai in suitcases

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Jonathan Johnson, 54, believed to be Larvin's current partner, was also bailed along with the other alleged smugglers until their next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court later this month

Jonathan Johnson, 54, believed to be Larvin’s current partner, was also bailed along with the other alleged smugglers until their next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court later this month

In an interview a year after they split up Larvin revealed how boxer Joe Calzaghe – dubbed the Pride of Wales – got jealous of other men and how he put an end to her catwalk career

In an interview a year after they split up Larvin revealed how boxer Joe Calzaghe – dubbed the Pride of Wales – got jealous of other men and how he put an end to her catwalk career

Larvin is pictured with her former lover and world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2006

Larvin is pictured with her former lover and world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2006

Larvin turned to photography after her six-year relationship with Welsh boxing legend Calzaghe ended in 2009, shortly before he began seeing his Russian Strictly dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.

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In an interview a year after they split up Larvin revealed how the boxer – dubbed the Pride of Wales – got jealous of other men and how he put an end to her catwalk career.

She revealed: ‘Joe didn’t like me doing a lot of the modelling stuff – anything that involved another man. I remember one audition for a coffee advert, which would have me involved me shooting with a male model and he was adamant I shouldn’t do it.

‘It was classic male jealousy, which I can understand. But he’s possessive and controlling, which he would admit himself. And he really didn’t like me talking to other men.’

Former glamour model and ex-lover of Joe Calzaghe is charged in Dubai money smuggling operation 3

Ms Larvin runs a lifestyle firm called Larvin Life and describes her interests as ‘wildlife, safari and interiors’ – just a day after being bailed she posted a picture on her Facebook page of herself on a beach in Scotland

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Larvin's six-year relationship with Welsh boxing legend Joe Calzaghe ended in 2009, shortly before he began seeing his Russian Strictly dance partner Kristina Rihanoff (pictured together, above, in 2012)

Larvin’s six-year relationship with Welsh boxing legend Joe Calzaghe ended in 2009, shortly before he began seeing his Russian Strictly dance partner Kristina Rihanoff (pictured together, above, in 2012)

During their relationship Calzaghe was awarded an OBE in 2003, which was upgraded to an MBE in 2008 and the year before he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In June 2009, Calzaghe was partnered with Kristina and he called Larvin to suggest they called it a day.

She said: ‘He said it wasn’t going to work and that we should just leave it. That was it. It was a short call.’

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Days later she saw pictures of the couple kissing after rehearsals – which she described as ‘awful’ adding how it had ‘really hurt’.

When contacted by MailOnline about the court case Larvin said: ‘I don’t really want to talk about it, thanks.’

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