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London 2012: Eight charged over Olympic Delivery Authority fraud

Eight people have been charged in connection with a £2.3m fraud against the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the Metropolitan Police have said.

The six men and two women, who are aged between 26 and 75, are accused of money laundering.

The eight accused are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 5 March.

Four of those charged are from London, one is from Slough in Berkshire, one from Bilston in West Midlands and one from Leeds.

Those who live in London are from Homerton and Romford in east London, Harrow in north-west London and Camberwell in south-east London.

They were all charged following an investigation by the Met's Operation Podium, the force's dedicated response to serious and organised crime affecting the economy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

The ODA is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use after 2012.

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