Norfolk

Norfolk police couple charged over £1.1m fraud

Norwich Magistrates Image copyright Keith Evans
Image caption The three defendants are due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court in December

A former police officer and his wife, who is a serving constable in Norfolk, have been charged with offences relating to a £1.1m fraud.

Ben Staff, 33, and his wife, PC Catriona Staff, 31, are due in court next month.

They were charged with another man, Kevin Nixon, 50, following a police investigation into Norfolk construction business Mr Trades Ltd.

Charges include blackmail, money laundering and fraudulent trading.

Norfolk Police said Mr Staff was a former serving officer, while his wife had been suspended from her duties pending the outcome of the prosecution.

The case follows an investigation by the police's Eastern Region Specialist Operation Unit.

Blackmail

PC Staff, of Lucas Court, Norwich, has been charged with three counts of money laundering totalling over £215,000.

Mr Staff, of the same address, and Mr Nixon, of Shortthorn Road, Stratton Strawless, are jointly charged with blackmail relating to the development of a recycling centre outside Norwich and the transfer of a lease agreement on a piece of land.

Mr Staff is charged with eleven further offences, including fraudulent trading, fraud by false representation and false accounting in relation to Mr Trades Ltd.

He also faces two further counts of false accounting, one in relation to a second company, SES East Anglia, three further counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of money laundering, totalling over £1,113,000.

All three have been released on bail until their appearance before Norwich Magistrates on 12 December.

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