Pair appear in court over alleged holiday lets scam

IPSWICH: A man from the town is today facing nearly 30 charges relating to an alleged scam involving holidays and fraud allegations totalling more than �60,000.

Michael Fisher, 42, of Jamestown Boulevard, has been charged with 20 counts of fraud by false representation and three accusations of misleading people through false information.

He is also accused of obtaining services dishonestly and four counts relating to money laundering.

Lucy Fisher, 34, of the same address, also faces two money laundering-related charges alleging she transferred more than �35,000 in cash, cheques and Paypal transfers in to a Barclays Bank account. The pair are being prosecuted by Suffolk County Council’s trading standards department.

Their case has been sent to South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich, where a hearing took place on Monday.

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It has now been adjourned until October 4 when the next hearing is scheduled at the same court.

The Fishers are currently on bail.

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Michael Fisher is alleged to have misled people by falsely stating on a website that Blue Sky Lettings had ten caravans for hire at Butlins Skegness. He is also alleged to have stated in a letter that Blue Sky Lettings would divide payments for holidays, and the amounts would be held by the Deposit Protection Service.

In addition Fisher is accused of omitting material information in that he failed to provide information that he did not have a caravan in Kettering between August 8 and 15, 2009.

The 20 fraud charges relate to Ipswich, Cosby in Leicestershire, Allestree in Derbyshire, Toynton All Saints in Lincolnshire, Skegness, Hartlepool, and Harrogate.

They range from dates between January 1, 2008 and April 4, 2009.

The accusations involve Blue Sky Lettings having ten privately-owned caravans at Butlins in Skegness. It is also said Michael Fisher stated on a Butlins subletting form that he was the registered owner of a caravan in Cosby, knowing the representation was untrue in that he did not own the caravan.

The total amount of money related to the alleged frauds according to the charges is �62,778.

Fisher is also said to have obtained telecommunications services from We-Doo Ltd for Blue Sky Lettings, but had no money to pay for them. He is also charged with money laundering-related offences.

These include depositing cheques and cash from consumers from the sale of holidays, and transferring and depositing money.

Lucy Fisher is charged with money laundering-related charges including transferring �14,786 to a Barclays Bank account and then removing it in cash. She is also alleged to have transferred �20,486 in cash, cheques and Paypal transfers into a Barclays account.

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