Man denies Gloucestershire romance scam

25 March 2019, 13:09 | Updated: 25 March 2019, 13:11

Mark Acklom

A man has denied tricking a woman in Gloucestershire out of her life savings.

Mark Acklom, 45, pleaded not guilty to a total of 20 charges - eight counts of fraud by false representation, eight counts of converting criminal property and four counts of removing criminal property from the UK.

If follows an alleged scam targeting a divorcee in Tetbury, who is accusing him of tricking her out of more than 750 thousand pounds during a brief relationship in 2012.

During a short hearing, Judge Michael Cullum fixed a date of August 5 for a trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks.