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Colchester man, 23, alleged to have made and sold computer software to access personal details

PUBLISHED: 14:59 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 28 March 2017

Cape Close, in Colchester. Picture: WILL LODGE

Cape Close, in Colchester. Picture: WILL LODGE

A Colchester man accused of making and selling computer software which enables criminals to access personal details will face trial after denying the charges.

Goncalo Esteves, 23, of Cape Close, is charged with four offences of computer misuse and a further charge of obtaining money under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Esteves pleaded not guilty to all five offences at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today, with a case management hearing set for April 25 at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Prosecutor Ian Allen said: “What is alleged is that he has developed computer software services which, although they do possess a legitimate use, are of interest to those who engage in crime.

“He has been selling these software services, not to commercial operators, but to the general public in a forum used by criminals.

“The money laundering charge is that he has gained 16,000 US dollars from selling these services.”

Esteves denies the charges and says the software is designed for legitimate use.

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