Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Year Trial Date; GROUP FACE 17 CHARGES FOR ALLEGED SCAM THAT NETTED THEM A FORTUNE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Year Trial Date; GROUP FACE 17 CHARGES FOR ALLEGED SCAM THAT NETTED THEM A FORTUNE

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Byline: GARRY WILLEY

SUSPECTS at the centre of an alleged laundering scam which netted a fortune in criminal cash will not stand trial until the New Year. Anthony Leach and Mark Rowe - together with Rowe's father, sister, and business partner - were charged after a long-running investigation.

They face 17 offences including money laundering, fraud, and deception, believed to involve hundreds of thousands of pounds.

None of those charges were put when the defendants appeared before Newcastle Crown Court.

Instead, their plea and case management hearing was further adjourned until the first week in November.

And Judge Brian Forster fixed a jury trial to begin on March 7 next year with a monthlong time estimate.

He told the defendants: "It is clearly important you keep in touch with your solicitors so the case is fully prepared for trial."

Leech, 45, of Acton Place, High Heaton; Mark Rowe, 39, of Coquetdale Avenue, Walker; sign company boss and local football chairman James Rowe, 62, of St Galbriel's Avenue, Heaton; and Paula Rowe, 40, also of Acton Place, were further remanded on unconditional bail. …

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