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Post investigation: Thanks for your support with research

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 February 2019

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My name is Hannah, and I'm investigations reporter for the Post and its sister titles in London.

For the past two weeks I have been combing through documents, gathering testimonies and conducting research into the Muslim Entrepreneur Network’s calamitously mis-sold and shape-shifting Leverage Program.

We were approached before Christmas by a concerned member of the Muslim community who wanted to flag up the war of words unfolding online.

I began reaching out to affected parties, trying to find out what had taken place and what evidence was available to back up the claims. Our in-house investigation took us to Companies House, the Land Registry, Nominet and High Court records, through hours of video footage and recordings, Facebook and blog posts, and to documents indicating where the money had gone.

The response from the Muslim community was extraordinary. As our full online story indicates, the story of Leverage is a tragedy, and a parable for the digital age. The program has led to serious financial loss and, in some cases, people’s sense of community and self-worth now lies in tatters. Thousands were convinced by promises of rewards that failed to follow through.

I would like to thank the members of the Muslim community we heard from, who were clear-eyed, precise and very brave in talking about their experiences. Their patience and forbearance has been inspiring.

If you think there’s anything else that deserves a similar level of focused attention of your local newspaper, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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