United Kingdom: Banking fraud and corruption trial starts
27 Sep 2016

The trial has started of six people accused of fraud and corruption involving a department of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS).

David Mills, Michael Bancroft, Mark Dobson, Alison Mills, Jonathan Cohen and Tony Cartwright, have pleaded not guilty.

Southwark Crown Court was told that the six were involved in a racket led by another man, Lynden Scourfield.

He was the former head of the HBOS “impaired assets” division in Reading.

Prosecutors allege that between 2003 and 2007, he abused his role overseeing the supposed recovery of the bank’s small business customers who were in financial difficulty, in the whole of the South of England.

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