Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fraud Plot Suspect Is Thought to Have Fled to the Gambia

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fraud Plot Suspect Is Thought to Have Fled to the Gambia

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A suspected accomplice of a former detective who conned more than pounds 400,000 out of banks has fled to Africa, it was revealed last night.

John Gibson, 65, is alleged to be a foot-soldier of ex-Northumbria Police officer David Hale and his wife Julie, both 45, who hired henchmen to apply for loans using fake employment details in return for a pay-off.

Gibson's name was revealed in prosecution papers seen by The Journal after the Hales were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday.

Officers said last night they had tracked him to The Gambia, in West Africa, and had called on Interpol to try to find him.

Mr Gibson, of Church Garth, Maunby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is alleged to have taken out loans of pounds 10,000 with the Co-op, pounds 7,000 with Masterloan and pounds 22,998 from First National Bank ( the last to buy a Renault Espace ( in 2002.

These are all alleged to have been made under false names and, after the loans were paid out, the money would be kept by the Hales and the repayments never made. …

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