Ipswich: Man in court over alleged link to escort scam

ANOTHER man has appeared before Ipswich magistrates charged with money laundering linked to an alleged multi-million pound internet escort and debt scam.

Jeremy Owen, of Old Manor Gardens, Colyford, Devon, is accused of furnishing false information relating to accounts as part of a long-running inquiry by Suffolk trading standards officers and police.

It is alleged that between August 27, 2008 and March 18, 2010, he misled Lloyds TSB in order to permit others to pass monies through his account.

Owen is also accused of entering into an arrangement to retain the proceeds of criminal property – �78,845, belonging to another person.

He is currently on bail until July 24 when he must return to the magistrates court.

A second man accused of money laundering offences relating to the inquiry is due to stand trial at Ipswich Crown Court in August after denying four charges.

Daniel Marks, 44, of Lenton, Nottingham, faces three counts of being concerned in an arrangement which facilitated the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property on behalf of another person.

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The first allegation involves a sum of �94,000, the second a sum of �42,000 and the third a sum of �63,000.

The fourth charge alleges Marks arranged for the sum of �131,000 to be delivered to a company called Blue Media Ltd.

On Saturday 65-year-old Anthony Muldoon appeared before Ipswich magistrates after being extradited from Spain.

Muldoon was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud.

Officers have previously said the alleged fraud is said to have involved 15,000 victims throughout the UK and has been valued at around �6million. His charges relate to between �1.7 and �1.8m.

Muldoon is reported to have been detained by authorities in Spain last month at a hotel in Fuengirola. He had been living in Spain for 27 years at the time of his arrest.

He was remanded in custody until June 28 when he will appear before Ipswich Crown Court.

Two other people – a 59-year-old woman from Scotland, but with links to Suffolk, and a 29-year-old man from South Africa have also been detained in Spain under European Arrest Warrants in connection with the case. They are expected to be flown back to England soon.

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