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MP supporting fraud trial constituents

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The MP for South Dorset, is flying to Hungary to support a constituent who is being tried for fraud.

Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick from Plymouth were arrested in 2009 after their timeshare marketing business collapsed.

Richard Drax MP, testified as a character witness, and should arrive in time for the verdict this afternoon.


Businessman who sold bomb-detecting devices charged with fraud

A businessman from Somerset has been charged with a string of fraud offences after a British company sold bomb-detecting devices to more than 20 countries, police have said. Jim McCormick, 55, will appear before magistrates in London on Thursday accused of six offences under the Fraud Act.

McCormick, of Langport, Somerset, was director of Wincanton-based ATSC that sold bomb-detecting device to countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The decision to charge James McCormick follows consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service's Central Fraud Group. This charging decision follows a complex 30-month international investigation led by Avon and Somerset Police.

– Avon and Somerset Police

McCormick will appear at the City of London Magistrates' Court on July 12 2012.

Judge says charity worker breached trust

69-year-old Jennifer Colenso admitted eight counts of fraud and one of theft whilst working as a volunteer treasurer for the animal charity, the North Devon Animal Ambulance.

She was jailed for 14 months by Judge Phillip Walsall at Exeter Crown Court.

This was a gross breach of trust not only put in you by the charity but also by those who donated to it in good faith".

– Judge Phillip Walsall


Woman who defrauded charity to appear in court

Jennifer Colenso (above, centre) stole from the North Devon Animal Charity Credit: ITV Westcountry

A woman who defrauded a charity out of almost £100,000 will appear at Exeter Crown Court later.

69 year old Jennifer Colenso stole money from the North Devon Animal Charity. She'd worked for them as a volunteer treasuer. A judge told her she'll be facing a jail sentence.