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1 June 2012, 13:17
Three men have been sentenced to a total of 26 years' imprisonment for their parts in a multi-million pound fraud investigation in Norfolk.
Over the past four months, six men have stood trial at Norwich Crown Court after a Norfolk businessman and a church lost millions of pounds in investments.
Alan Hunt, aged 65 and from Poole was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to defraud Graham Dacre and the New Apostolic Church in Dortmund. He has been sentenced to 9 years' imprisonment.
yArthur Ford-Batey, aged 62 and from Carlisle was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud Graham Dacre and has received a 6-year sentence.
Ian Yorkshire, aged 62 and from Brighton was found guilty of conspiracy to launder criminal property relating to the two frauds and has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment.
Three other defendants were cleared of all charges against them.
Detective Sergeant Rob Foreman said: "I am really pleased with the outcome of this trial. DC Chris Gay, the officer in the case, has over the last three years been dedicated and tenacious, and worked tirelessly in moving this forward for the benefit of the victims.
DC Gay has worked closely with the Central Fraud Group, a division of the Crown Prosecution Service that deals with the most complex fraud cases, and Prosecution Counsel to make this possible. Norfolk Constabulary is committed to ensuring that serious cases such as this are fully investigated and will continue to do so. We will continue to work on this case in order to recover as much money as possible for the victims, and ensure any profits are also turned over through the Proceeds of Crime Act."