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Flintshire solicitor accused of £20m North Wales mortgage fraud

FOURTEEN people have appeared in court charged over an alleged £20m mortgage fraud conspiracy.

Solicitor Nicholas Jones, 52, of Bryntirion, Leeswood, near Mold, was one of the accused, who include surveyors, valuers and mortgage advisers.

It follows a two-year investigation by North Wales Police into alleged multiple fraudulent mortgage applications.

The other defendants are: Christopher Hansen, 48, formerly of Foel, Llansannan, Denbigh, 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; Sheila Rose Whalley, 65, of Tai Duon Bach, Llanfairtalhaearn near Abergele; Michael Georgieff-Jones, 67, of Bedw Arian, Cwm Road, Dyserth; Susan Margaret Lowry-Huws, 58, of Parc Tudur, Kinmel Bay; 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; Frank Edward Darlington, 59, of Vicarage Road, Kelnbrook, Barnoldswick in Lancashire; Raymond Charles Whalley, 36, of South Hill Road, Prenton, Merseyside; Linda Campbell, 40, of Baillieston Road, Glasgow; David Arthur McMeekin, 54 of Gala Street in Riddrie, Glasgow.

They are charged with conspiracy to launder money. 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 £20m.

They are also 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 dishonestly, and conspiring to falsify documents.

Flintshire magistrates sent the case to the Crown Court and all defendants were re-bailed pending a preliminary hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court on April 13.