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Nigel Edwards secures 'Not Guilty' on Fraud

The fraud defence team comprising, barrister Nigel Edwards of St. Pauls Chambers and Ian Anderson, solicitor for Opus Law  are delighted to announce the conclusion of a complex money laundering trial with a not guilty verdict for their client ‘H’.

 

The fraud defence team comprising, barrister Nigel Edwards of St. Pauls Chambers and Ian Anderson, solicitor for Opus Law are delighted to announce the conclusion of a complex money laundering trial with a not guilty verdict for their client ‘H’.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency accused H of being a 'high ranking member of an organised criminal group' and involved in an international money laundering operation. It was alleged that the 19 defendants on trial were responsible for laundering in excess of £170,000,000 in cash out of the jurisdiction to Dubai and China. Businesses in Birmingham, Manchester, Doncaster and Leicester were raided and individuals connected to those businesses arrested. H was arrested in Leeds carrying a bag containing over £340,000 in cash. The cash was forensically examined and found to be contaminated with traces of cannabis and amphetamine. A search of H’s home address revealed further cash sums, anti-surveillance equipment and a quantity of cannabis. Examination of a telephone SIM card uplifted from H’s home address revealed contact with a telephone belonging to a member of the alleged criminal group and surveillance evidence was disclosed showing a meeting between H and that defendant "S". S subsequently entered a guilty plea.

Extensive and proactive defence work was required in order to surmount the prosecution case, this included the defence team traveling to Dubai to speak to business owners and photograph locations, liaising with businesses in Hong Kong, obtaining expert forensic drug contamination evidence, instructing computer forensics experts, instructing Tim Keeling of Forths Forensic Accounting to examine the defendant’s business records and prepare an expert accounting report, tracing and interviewing in excess of fifteen potential defence witnesses and obtaining witness summonses for prosecution witnesses.

During the trial the expert skills and acumen of barrister Nigel Edwards, a fraud specialist with over fifteen years top level advocacy experience, secured the right result for H and for Opus Law. It is of note that of the 18 defendants on trial so for Money Laundering, only H and one other secured not guilty verdicts.

 

 

 

 

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