Court appearance for 12 charged with defrauding elderly residents

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TWELVE people charged with defrauding elderly residents including three in Bognor Regis will appear in court.

The accused will appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates’ court tomorrow (Thursday, July 25).

The charges relate to a conspiracy to obtain on the pretence of carrying out urgent building work at the homes of elderly people across the South East, and money laundering the proceeds.

James Ward, 28, of Twin Willows, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, Essex, is charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation by claiming that urgent drainage or building work was required, and with money laundering, all during 2011.

Wayne Smith, 30, of St Vincents Close, Girton, Cambridge, is charged with the same offences over the same period.

Daniel Atkins, 29, of Dunedin Road, Rainham, Essex, Lauren Flanders, 29, of Petersfield Avenue, Romford, Essex, Stacey Robinson, 27, of Philip Close, Pilgrims Hatch, near Brentwood, Essex, Kelly Ann Robinson, 29, of Albany Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Cassandra Knight, 35, of Britannia Road, Warley, Brentwood, Rebecca Clarke, 34, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey Island, Essex, Kerryann Corcoran, 26, of Marlow Road, London, Carly Hodges, 30, of Lucerne Way, Romford, Ronald Buttery, 45, of Ellen Wilkinson House, Usk Street, London and Terry Phillips, 54, of Wolsey Avenue, London, are all charged with money laundering during the same period.

The charges, which were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, follow an extensive investigation by the Economic Crime Unit of Sussex Police.