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Multi-million pound web fraud case sent to crown court

Three men and a woman have been charged over a multi-million pound web fraud.

Gary Kelly of Salford, Guernsey-born Nick Webber, of Hampshire, Ryan Thomas, of Buckinghamshire and Shakira Ricardo of Swansea attended court on Friday.

All four were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to make or supply articles for use in fraud.

Samantha Worley, 22, of Swansea, also appeared at the court charged with acquiring criminal property in connection with the case.

District judge John Zani at Westminster Magistrates' Court committed the case to Southwark Crown Court where the five are due to appear on 5 October.

Sex lines

Ms Worley was bailed, together with Ms Ricardo, 20.

Mr Webber and Mr Thomas, both 18, were remanded in custody and a decision was due to be made later in connection with 21-year-old Mr Kelly's bail application.

The court heard the case centred around a firm specialising in computer viruses, phone sex lines, bank account hacking, cash wires and using stolen credit cards on eBay.

The prosecution claims that a global fraud network resulted in victims' computers being targeted and confidential data amassed, including passwords, to drain around 65,000 bank accounts of an estimated £8m.

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