Devon

Grit and Joseph Birch charged with a multi-million pound fraud

Exeter Crown Court
Image caption Grit Birch was granted conditional bail and and Joseph Birch has been remanded in custody

A man and woman have been charged in connection with a multimillion-pound fraud and money laundering operation.

Grit Birch, 45, of Rifford Road, Exeter, faces two charges of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act and four fraud charges.

She is jointly charged on these counts with 62-year-old Joseph Birch, of Horns Cross, North Devon.

He has been remanded in custody while Grit Birch was granted conditional bail.

Las Vegas

Ms Birch is accused of removing criminal property worth £1,872,308.50 by a bank transfer to Liechtenstein between June and August 2003.

She faces a second charge of converting criminal property worth £734,000 to buy a car, furniture and fittings and pay for building work at Higher Lowton farm at North Tawton, Devon, in 2005.

Ms Birch also faces four charges of fraud by false representation relating to amounts totalling £3.3m and centred on Las Vegas and New York.

She also faces a charge that between 2008 and 2013 she concealed, disguised, converted, transferred or removed criminal property totalling £3,268,622 by means of cash withdrawals and payments for personal items.

Mr Birch also faces a charge of possessing ammunition for a firearm.

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