Messages link businessman to alleged fraud, court hears

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A string of messages link a Redgrave businesman to a fraud involving international escort agencies, it has been claimed.

Details of emails said to have been sent and received by Colin Samuels were read to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court where the 61-year-old is on trial.

Samuels was in contact with the organiser of the fraud who was based in Spain and who used the bank account of a company of which Samuels was a director to launder £371,852, the prosecution have alleged.

Samuels, of The Street, Redgrave, has pleaded not guilty to two offences of conspiracy to defraud and two of money laundering. Also on trial are Mark Bell, 41, of Westerfield, Christopher Taylor, 57, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Bradley Rogers, 29, of Malaga and Geraldine French, 60, of Lowestoft. They have also denied charges of fraud and money laundering.

It is alleged that people who responded to advertisements offering highly paid work as escorts handed over fees which were never refunded and they never received any work or payment.