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HBOS business loans accused appear in court

Eight people charged over an alleged multi-million pound business fraud have appeared in court.

They are accused over business loans of up to £35m made through Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) at Beauclerc House, Queens Road, Reading.

Former senior managers Lynden Scourfield, 50, and Mark Dobson, 52, were among those who appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court.

The defendants were bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 28 January.

The charges follow a large-scale investigation by Thames Valley Police into corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Mr Scourfield, of Whitton Avenue West, Greenford, west London; and Mr Dobson, of Bayfield Terrace, London; are charged along with John Cartwright, 68, of Knott Lane, Hyde, Greater Manchester.

David Mills, 56, of Todenham, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire; and Michael Barncroft, 69, of Ilmington, Warwickshire; both of turnaround consultancy Quayside Corporate Services, have also been charged.

The other defendants are three of the men's wives - Jacqueline Scourfield, 50; Alison Mills, 47; and Beverley Barncroft, 64.

The alleged offences originated from HBOS's Impaired assets team, based at the Reading branch.

  • Lynden Scourfield, of Whitton Avenue West, Greenford, West London, is charged with one count of conspiracy to corrupt, three counts of fraudulent trading and one count of money laundering
  • Mark Dobson, of Brayfield Terrace, London, is charged with one count of conspiracy to corrupt
  • David Mills, of Todenham, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, is charged with one count of conspiracy to corrupt, three counts of fraudulent trading and one count of money laundering
  • Michael Bancroft, of Ilmington, near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, is charged with one count of conspiracy to corrupt, three counts of fraudulent trading and one count of money laundering
  • John Cartwright, 68, of Knott Lane, Hyde, Cheshire, is charged with one count of fraudulent trading
  • Jacqueline Scourfield, Alison Mills and Beverley Bancroft are each charged with one count of money laundering

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