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Solicitor Denies £650,000 Property Scams In Swansea, Neath And Briton Ferry

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Bear in mind folks that this is an ongoing court case. Best to reserve comment until the trial is complete.

http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/news/Lawyer-stands-accused-alleged-scam/article-2544576-detail/article.html

A SOLICITOR has appeared in court charged with money laundering and fraud in an alleged £650,000 property scam.

Benjamin Jason Cornelius, 36, of St Andrews Close, Mayals, indicated a unanimous not guilty plea when he came before Bridgend Magistrates' Court yesterday.

He faces 16 charges relating to false and misleading statements on mortgage applications on properties across areas including Swansea, Neath and Briton Ferry.

Hannah Norton, prosecuting said the case alleged "large scale money laundering, running into hundreds of thousands of pounds".

The figure stated in the charges, totals at £659,415.

Cornelius is accused of eight counts of transferring criminal property and eight counts of fraud.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction.

It is the prosecution's case that the alleged offences happened between February 2008 and March this year.

One of the charges states that between February 1 and March 1, 2010, Cornelius "transferred criminal property, namely a mortgage advance of £97,000".

Another states that between February 1 and March 1, 2008, he committed fraud by making a false representation to Bradford and Bingley by giving a "false certificate of title in relation to the purchase" of a property in Golwg y Bryn, Neath.

Other addresses named in the charges include: Giant's Grave Road, Briton Ferry; Dan y Graig Road, Neath; Tan y Darren, Pontardawe; and Gomer Gardens, Townhill.

Meanwhile, David Carl Richards, of Garth Road, Rhydyfro, Pontardawe, also faces 10 charges relating to fraud and money laundering.

The defendants are not jointly charged, but magistrates heard the offences were linked.

Richards, 32, who appeared via video link from Parc Prison, Bridgend, is yet to enter a formal plea.

It is alleged that he "provided false information of income in a mortgage application" on five separate occasions, causing a loss to either Bradford and Bingley or the Royal Bank of Scotland. Richards' committal hearing was adjourned until next Wednesday.

Cornelius will next appear at Cardiff Crown Court on September 20.

He was granted bail on the condition that he does not contact any prosecution witnesses. In addition, Cornelius's passport must also remain surrendered with police.

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Id deny it too.

They send ladies to a month inside for serial stealing of smarties and undies, worth about £1.

This man is going down for a looooong time....probably 3 months community service Id wager.

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Id deny it too.

They send ladies to a month inside for serial stealing of smarties and undies, worth about £1.

This man is going down for a looooong time....probably 3 months community service Id wager.

Ah yes, but this person may be able to name names if you catch my drift..... :ph34r:

That said, denial is the best form of defence when your hand is caught in the till as it puts the prosecution to the test of proving to a jury (possibly made up of thickoes) that he is guilteh beyond reasonable doubt.

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The second defendent - although the defendents are not jointly charged but allegedly the cases are linked according to the above report in the South Wales Evening Post - recently got sentenced, according to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, to 12 years in jail relating to drugs.

http://www.soca.gov.uk/news/251-nearly-eight-decades-for-drugs-gang-which-created-no-go-areas-

Eight members of a complex drug trafficking network which stretched across Southern England to South Wales have been sentenced to a total of 79 years and eight months in prison (02 July 2010).

To date 26 people have been convicted or pleaded guilty to offences connected to the network’s activities, with a further two awaiting trial.

The network, which was made up of three regional gangs working together, is believed to have trafficked around half a tonne of cocaine, at times distributing up to eight kilos every 10 days.

Its impact on one area of South Wales turned two previously popular pubs into no-go areas for the local community.

SOCA’s two-and-a-half-year drugs and money laundering investigation was supported by Dorset Police, Kent Constabulary, South Wales Police, and other partners including the Australian Federal Police and the Metropolitan Police.

The operation began in September 2007, when SOCA officers identified links between the supply of drugs to the Swansea Valley area of South Wales and individuals on the south coast of England.

The investigation found three regional sub-groups in Bournemouth, Kent and the Swansea Valley area, directed respectively by Craig Blake, Darren Quick and David Richards. The South Wales gang procured drugs from Quick’s Kent organisation, with Blake’s gang in Bournemouth acting as the conduit.

Officers used covert surveillance, drug seizures and the arrest of important members of the conspiracy to systematically dismantle the network at every level. This culminated in the 2009 arrest and charging of five key subjects and their associates in South Wales and Bournemouth.

Matthew Horne, of SOCA, said:

“This investigation has taken apart a complex criminal operation which was bringing considerable harm to communities across the UK, and was led by individuals with the ability to export drugs and launder money around the world.

“Work is continuing to ensure the gang members can’t profit from their crimes, and any member of an organised crime gang can be sure that SOCA will continue to use all the tools and partnership opportunities at our disposal to bring them down.”

Two more members of the criminal network are due to be sentenced on 9 July 2010.

Sentenced:

Darren Brian Quick: 18/11/65. Sentenced to 14 years and 4 months

Craig Duncan Victor Blake: DOB 21/04/72. Sentenced to 16 years and 8 months

Gareth Richard Davies: DOB. 25/01/74. Sentenced to 12 years

Michael Anthony Green: DOB 08/05/80. Sentenced to 9 years

Matthew Paul Howgate: DOB 12/10/76. Sentenced to 5 years

David Carl Richards: DOB 06/04/78. Sentenced to 12 years

Keri Lyn Pritchard: DOB: 27/05/76. Sentenced to 9 years and 4 months

Adam Horton: DOB 11/04/87. Sentenced to 1 year and 4 months

Due for sentencing 9 July 2010:

Lee Maurice Cutler: DOB. 18/02/77, Surrey Road, Bournemouth.

David Williams: DOB 21/10/67, Brytwn Rd, Cwmmer, Port Talbot.

Edited by The Masked Tulip

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Apart from the alleged fraud, which looks pretty crass, this is the most interesting bit:

It is alleged that he "provided false information of income in a mortgage application" on five separate occasions, causing a loss to either Bradford and Bingley or the Royal Bank of Scotland.

How many hundreds of thousands of times did that occur in the past ten years? Not sure if it's necessary to cause a loss before it becomes an offence.

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Oh dear, Fraud by false representation and 327 Money Laundering which carries a combined maximum sentence of 24 years in prison. After that the state will take your assets under the proceeds of crime act.

If people actually knew the a rse f u c king they will get, they really wouldn’t.

It is the headline in the local above linked paper.

Interestingly, the above-mentioned defendent lives in a road where I was interested in a house... but I looked at one on the market for 399K asking price and then discovered, via houseprices.co.uk, that it last sold in December 2006 for 250K or 249K IIRC.

So I didn't bother looking at it any further.

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Apart from the alleged fraud, which looks pretty crass, this is the most interesting bit:

It is alleged that he "provided false information of income in a mortgage application" on five separate occasions, causing a loss to either Bradford and Bingley or the Royal Bank of Scotland.

How many hundreds of thousands of times did that occur in the past ten years? Not sure if it's necessary to cause a loss before it becomes an offence.

this case is a loser...they cant even decide who has made the loss.

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Id deny it too.

They send ladies to a month inside for serial stealing of smarties and undies, worth about £1.

This man is going down for a looooong time....probably 3 months community service Id wager.

Steal £10 and you are a criminal.

Steal a million and you are one of the boys (as long as you do it through paperwork)

Steal a country and they make you king..

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Richards, 32, who appeared via video link from Parc Prison, Bridgend,

Oh bless. Kind of him to give of his time I thought.

What I don't understand is why they don't get out of the country sooner. Do they think their scam wont eventually show?

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