Giles Fleming’s client acquitted of £270,000 fraud conspiracy

19 July 2019

Giles Fleming was instructed by David Burrowes of Shepherd Harris solicitors on behalf of a client accused of conspiracy to commit fraud. The fraud involved the creation of false profiles on dating websites, through which women were induced to make substantial payments in the belief that they were in a genuine relationship, and that the money would be repaid. Over the course of several months, one victim was defrauded of more than £230,000; another of more than £40,000.

Giles’ client was the first defendant in a trial listed for three weeks at Guildford Crown Court. However, after the close of the prosecution case Giles successfully argued that there was no case for his client to answer, his involvement being limited to the laundering of the proceeds (which he had admitted), rather than being a party to the fraud. The trial of two co-defendants continues.