Flintshire solicitor charged with conspiracy to defraud

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A FLINTSHIRE solicitor is among 14 people charged in connection with an alleged multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud.

Surveyors, valuers, mortgage advisers and others appeared in court yesterday.

It is alleged that between May 2003 and October 2008 they conspired to conceal or disguise criminal property, said to be the proceeds of multiple mortgage applications and profits gained to a sum exceeding £20 million.

They are charged with conspiring with others to defraud the Bradford and Bingley Building Society, Mortgage Express and other people and financial institutions into making mortgage advances dishonesty, and conspiring to falsify documents relevant to a fraud investigation.

It follows a two year investigation by North Wales Police into alleged multipe fradulent mortgage applications.

The defendants made their first appearance at Flintshire Magistrates court at Mold yesterday and the case was sent to the crown court.

All defendants were re-bailed pending a preliminary hearing ar Caernarfon Crown Court on April 13.

Solicitor Nicholas John Jones, 52, of Bryntirion, Leeswood near Mold; Frank Edward Darlington, 59, of Vicarage Road, Kelnbrook, Barnoldswick in Lancashire; Christopher Hansen, 48, formerly of Foel, Llansannan, Denbigh but now of Llys y Castell, Kinmel Bay; Lisa Margaret Hansen, 41, of Llys y Castell, Kinmel Bay; Antony Lowry-Huws, 62, of Parc Tudur, Kinmel Bay; Raymond Charles Whalley, 36, of South Hill Road, Prenton, Merseyside; Sheila Rose Whalley, 65, of Tai Duon Bach, Llanfairtalhaearn near Abergele; Linda Campbell, 40, of Baillieston Road, Glasgow; Michael Georgieff-Jones, 67, of Bedw Arian, Cwm Road, Dyserth; Susan Margaret Lowry-Huws, 58, of Parc Tudur, Kinmel Bay; David Arthur McMeekin, 54, of Gala Street in Riddrie, Glasgow; Brendan Derek Spencer-Whalley, 43, and Nicola Jane Spencer-Whalley, 38, formerly of Pant y Carw, Ffordd y Llan, Llysfaen, but now of Royan in France, and George Walker, 57, of Coed Pella Road in Colwyn Bay, are charged with conspiracy to launder money.

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