Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Detective Constable Admits Fraud Charges

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Detective Constable Admits Fraud Charges

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Byline: By Rhodri Phillips and Hilary Clixby

A former policeman yesterday admitted stealing nearly pounds 500,000 from high street banks and building societies.

Ex-Northumbria Police detective David Hale and his wife Julie set up a series of bogus companies between 2000 and 2003 and persuaded 16 people to hand over their personal details, which they then used to apply for loans, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The court was told the pair promised their customers pay-offs of several thousand pounds to entice them to take part in the scam.

And once they had obtained the money, the Hales would pay a couple of instalments before defaulting on the payments and disappearing, the court heard. They were on the run in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Yorkshire during the summer of 2003, but police finally caught up with them in October that year, the court heard. Hale, 46, who now lives at Church Garth, Maunby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, yesterday pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court, to 10 offences of conspiracy to defraud financial institutions by providing false employment details on loan applications. …

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