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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

"Christmas Was Last Year!"

Fraud trial: Magistrate-designate ‘went to elderly woman’s home to get investment’


The case is being heard in the Royal Court, in the Magistrate's Court building
The case is being heard in the Royal Court, in the Magistrate's Court building

THE Magistrate-designate and his business partner went to the home of an elderly woman to secure a £100,000 investment, the Royal Court heard yesterday.

Marie Cotrel (84) was yesterday the first investor to take the stand in a trial of John Lewis, Magistrate-designate Ian Christmas, James Cameron and Russell Foot, who are accused of operating a fraudulent £1.5 million US property scheme.

The four men deny a total of 27 fraud-related charges against them. Mr Lewis and Mr Christmas are charged with fraudulently inducing Mrs Cotrel to invest US$50,000 through their company, De Lec Ltd, between 1 June 2004 and 1 September 2004, and £100,000 between 1 December 2004 and 1 January 2005.

Mrs Cotrel, a widowed former factory worker, told the court that she first met Mr Lewis about ten years ago when he invited her to lunch at Longueville Manor.

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