A businessman has been accused of defrauding more than a dozen people of cash and motorhomes worth over £400,000, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Lancelot William Walker (60) is charged with 16 offences alleged to have been committed between August 2005 and August 2008.
Walker, of County Down in Northern Ireland, is a former director of a motorhomes firm which was liquidated in 2010.
He appeared at Banbridge Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Newry, to face 14 counts of fraud by false representation.
Walker also faces single charges of obtaining property by deception and concealing criminal property.
It was heard Walker allegedly told 15 people that he would sell their motorhomes and deliver the proceeds of the sale to them or use their profits towards payment for another motorhome.
The values of the motorhomes involved vary from £7,000 to £60,000.
The final charge totals the sums allegedly involved by accusing Walker of concealing criminal property “comprising of motorhomes which belonged to others…and the proceeds of sales of motorhomes belonging to others” amounting to a valuation of £432,995.
Freeing Walker on his own bail of £200, District Judge Trevor Brown returned the case to Newry Crown Court with an arraignment to be heard on May 18.