Newhaven man 'conned 34 people with flood fraud'

A man accused of conning 34 people out of money by telling them raw sewage had flooded their neighbours' properties has appeared in court.

George Wickens, 23, from Newhaven, is accused of fraud and money laundering.

It is alleged he asked people for a returnable deposit to hire specialist equipment to deal with the sewage problem.

The charges relate to incidents in Sussex, Surrey, Hertfordshire, London and Devon, police said.

Mr Wickens appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court, charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by making a false representation and conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 April.

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