Durban man in international scam claims

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Bradley Rogers, 28, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud in the Ipswich Crown Court in England.

Durban - A former Durban man linked to an alleged international multimillion-pound scam involving escort and debt-relief websites has pleaded not guilty.

Bradley Rogers, 28, was charged with three other people on two counts of conspiracy to defraud between July 2007 and June 2010, when he appeared before the Ipswich Crown Court in England on Friday.

The former Queensburgh Boys’ High pupil also denied a money laundering charge relating to the period between October 23, 2007 and September 1, 2010.

It is alleged he removed £715 000 from people’s accounts in England and Wales and transferred it into his personal bank accounts in Spain. Investigators said as many as 15 000 victims may be involved.

Rogers, extradited last year from Malaga, Spain, is staying in Uxbridge, England, while on conditional bail.

His trial, along with that of his co-defendants, who have also pleaded not guilty, is scheduled to take place on April 8.

It is estimated it will last for about two months.

His trial is after a long-running investigation by trading standards officers and Suffolk police.

Rogers was extradited along with Briton Toni Muldoon, 65, who is alleged to have been the mastermind in a Spanish telesales operation that is said to have duped victims into paying advance fees.

Rogers began working on Spain’s Costa del Sol for a cruise boat, Caribbean Lady, owned by Muldoon, in 2010.

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