Nine accused of scam selling vintage cars
A young couple from Downpatrick have been accused of being at the center of an alleged nearly Â£ 100,000 online scam involving classic cars.
Between them, Jason Donoghue and Scarlett Joyce (25), 31, face 59 counts of conspiring to “defraud and deceive” a litany of alleged victims who thought they were making down payments or buying. classic cars like an E-Type Jaguar, Triumphs, Austins and Mini vans or cell phones.
Donoghue, of St Patrick’s Drive in Downpatrick, faces a total of 57 counts, including 36 counts of conspiracy to defraud or cheat, 11 counts of misrepresentation fraud, nine counts of acquiring criminal property and a conversion of criminal property.
Joyce, with the same address, is charged with 23 counts of Conspiracy to Fraud and Cheat, nine of Acquisition of Criminal Property and four of Conversion of Criminal Property.
While the couple face most of the charges on a massive indictment containing more than 100 charges, they have seven other co-defendants, three of whom are relations of Donoghue.
Reece Boswell (22), of Laurelgrove Dale in the Four Winds area of ââsouth Belfast, faces three counts of Conspiracy to Fraud, three of Acquisition of Criminal Property, two of Fraud and one of conversion of criminal property.
Sherie Chism (39), from Elmwood Drive in Bangor faces 16 counts of Conspiracy to Fraud, four of Acquisition of Criminal Property and one of Conversion of Criminal Property.
Bridget Donoghue (68), Broomhill Park in Bangor, faces nine counts of conspiracy to fraud and the acquisition and conversion of criminal property. Tessa Donoghue, 37, of Killybawn Road in Saintfield, is charged with five counts of Conspiracy to Fraud and one count of acquiring and converting criminal property.
Thomas Donoghue (46), of Park Avenue in Holywood, faces 11 counts of conspiracy to fraud, five of fraud and acquisition of criminal property and three of conversion of criminal property.
Sharon Lee (54), of Ballynafoy Close in Belfast, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to fraud and one count of acquisition and conversion of criminal property.
Nicholas Sanders (60), of Crosby Street in Bangor, is charged with 15 counts of Conspiracy to Fraud, three of Acquisition of Crime and Single Counts of Fraud and Conversion of Crime .
None of the facts surrounding the charges, which were allegedly committed over a two-year period between March 2014 and April 2016, were brought to court, but the charges against Jason Donoghue alleged that they had conspired to defraud and cheat amounts totaling Â£ 70,612.
Donoghue also allegedly acquired Â£ 28,859 of suspected criminal property, namely money, and used eight different bank accounts to launder the money.
Due to the scale of the case during the preliminary inquiry at Newtownards Magistrates Court on Thursday, the defendants were dealt with in sets of three.
Each of the defendants confirmed that they understood their respective charges and defense lawyers conceded that there was a prima facie case against each of them.
Referring the case back to Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Laganside, District Judge Alan White freed the nine defendants on Â£ 500 bail, but he did not set a date for their arraignment.is lying.