Faygate man charged in £300,000 fraud investigation

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A man from Faygate is one of ten who have has been charged with fraud and Money Laundering offences involving 34 victims as part of Operation Knock.

The incidents took place across a number of places including Steyning and Upper Beeding.

A Sussex Police statement says that the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) have charged Daryl Hayley, aged 22, of Beeches Way, Faygate, with conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

George Wickens, aged 51, of Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield and James Cavanagh, aged 24, of Parklands, Maresfield were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

Lee Farrington, aged 21, of Churchill Road, Lewes; Paul Bryson, aged 24, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath; Alfie Robinson, aged 22, of Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill; Martin Jones, aged 25, of Newbury Road, Crawley and Angelia Wickens, aged 30, of Parklands, Maresfield were all charged with conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property, along with Hayley.

Martin Suckling, aged 49, of Churchill Road, Smallfield was charged with three counts of acquiring criminal property.

Jessica Bryson, aged 20, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath was charged with two counts of acquiring criminal property.

All have been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on March 26.

The police statement adds that the charges relate to incidents between October 2013 and April 2014 when victims were told their neighbours’ property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property, which required specialist equipment to be hired and they needed to pay a returnable deposit. The offences relate to 34 victims in which over £300,000 was taken.

The incidents took place across the following locations:

Surrey: Epsom, Leatherhead, Oxted, Guildford.

Sussex: Cooksbridge, Southwick, Burgess Hill, Brighton, Upper Beeding, Crawley, Pevensey, Eastbourne, Uckfield, Sompting, Steyning.

Plus places in Hertfordshire, Devon and London.

The first person, George Wickens, 23, Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, was charged on 24 February. He appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on 25 February and was remanded in custody until 30 April 2015.