Wales

Gang jailed for 'sophisticated' £750,000 fraud

Margaret Murray-Shelley Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Margaret Murray-Shelley was jailed for two and a half years

A gang, including an accountant and a businesswoman, have been jailed following a "sophisticated" £750,000 fraud.

Wayne Pulman, 63, Margaret Murray-Shelley, 43, and Andrew Wallace, 32, manipulated funds from a credit company to Murray-Shelley's firm.

They were sentenced at Newport Crown Court on Friday.

Judge Tom Crowther QC said: "This was a sophisticated fraud that required constant attention and work."

Pulman, of Swansea, received three-and-a-half years for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, fraudulent trading and conspiracy to steal.

Murray-Shelley, of Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was given a two-and-a-half year sentence for fraudulent trading and conspiracy to steal.

Wallace, of Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, received a 20-month sentence, which was suspended for two years, for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

The were sentenced alongside the female defendant's husband Philip Murray-Shelley, from London, who received five years for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Health and safety advice company MJL gained money from a credit company by creating numerous false business contracts.

Ultimately, the credit company lost up to £750,000 and employees at MJL were made redundant.

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Image caption Philip Murray-Shelley was sentenced to five years

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