(Diss Express) After hearing eight weeks of evidence a jury is preparing to consider verdicts in the trial of a Redgrave businessman accused of fraud.
Colin Samuels, 61, of The Street, has pleaded not guilty to one offence of money laundering and two of conspiracy to defraud. Four other people facing similar charges are also on trial.
Last week prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg made his closing speech to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court and will be followed by speeches from lawyers representing each of the five accused. It is expected that the jury will retire by the middle of next week to begin considering verdicts.
During the trial, which followed the biggest-ever investigation by Suffolk Trading Standards, it was alleged that victims in the UK were fleeced by call centres in Spain and Turkey, resulting in about £5.7 million being fraudulently obtained. One fraud is alleged to have involved customers registering to work for escort agencies with promises of high earnings after paying an initial fee but no earnings or refunds of fees were forthcoming…read full article