Two Brighton fraudsters sentenced for £10m scam

Posted On 24 May 2011 at 11:58 pm

A Brighton man has been jailed today for his role in a money laundering gang which netted £10 million.

Another Brighton man was given a suspended prison sentence for his part in the racket which involved mass fraud and forgery.

The pair were among eight gang members to be sentenced after admitting the charges relating to the industrial-scale scam.

David Barclay, 42, of Sussex Square, Brighton, was jailed for two years and six months at Southwark Crown Court.

Paul Frederick Bridger, 51, of John Street, Brighton, was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 60 hours of community service.

They were caught after an investigation that was led by the Surrey Police Economic Crimes Unit working with Sussex Police, the Identity and Passport Service and the DVLA.

More than 250 officers from Surrey and Sussex arrested the gang during raids in both counties and in London.

Some evidence was found at the home addresses but the bulk of records were discovered at three rented offices in Putney, South West London.

The offices contained essential documents for opening bank accounts including false licences and passports, bank statements, cheque books and cards.

Notes were also found with profiles of all the account customers.

A thousand fraudulent accounts had been opened in the name of a hundred bogus customers.

Nearly £200,000 in cash was also seized.

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