18 Sentenced for Fraud and Money Laundering
Jane Dagnall prosecuted a case at Preston Crown Court in which 18 people were sentenced for involvement in a money laundering scheme.
Four of the defendants were jailed after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud. 14 other defendants were given suspended sentences for money laundering.
The group targeted small businesses and individuals and tricked them into paying debts which did not exist by claiming to be calling from the High Court. The victims were told that unless they made immediate repayment, often amounting to thousands of pounds, police and bailiffs would be sent to seize their property.