$2.5M Money Laundering Trial To Begin In Wales

January 9, 2018

Jury selection is due to begin as four people will stand trial in Wales in connection with allegedly money laundering $2.5 million stolen from the Bermuda Government, according to a report from Wales Online, which noted that “some of the witnesses will give evidence over video link from Bermuda.”

Jeffrey Bevan, 50, denies theft, converting criminal property and transferring criminal property; Samantha Bevan, 52, denies converting criminal property; Joel Ismail, 42, denies converting criminal property; and Paul Charity, 52, denies converting criminal property and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Four People Charged In Wales Last Year

The four people were charged last year in Wales, and at that time, the Bermuda Police said, “Four people, two from Cwmbran and two from Leicester, have appeared in Court,” with the police saying that Jeffrey Bevan, Samantha Bevan, Joel Ismail and Paul Charity appeared before Cardiff Crown Court “charged in connection with various money laundering offences.”

“The charges stem from a number of financial transactions conducted by Mr. Bevan whilst employed in the office of the Accountant General in Bermuda,” the police said.

“The theft was discovered after Bevan and his wife left Bermuda, with the funds having been transferred by electronic means through a local financial institution.

“The Bermuda Police Service was notified, and a joint investigation with the UK Regional Organised Crime Unit in Wales, was commenced.

“All four defendants entered not guilty pleas to the charges which come following the four year joint international police investigation.

“The four defendants are accused of laundering the proceeds of $2.5 million allegedly stolen from the Government of Bermuda between May 2011 and June 2013.”

Wales Online Report Trial To Begin

The story said, “An accountant and his wife are due to stand trial for their alleged roles in laundering nearly $2.5m from the Government of Bermuda.

“Jeffrey and Samantha Bevan, from Cwmbran, will go on trial at Cardiff Crown Court along with their friend Joel Ismail and financial adviser Paul Charity.

“Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the jury-in-waiting some of the witnesses will give evidence over video link from Bermuda – a British overseas territory in the north Atlantic Ocean.

“He read out the names of about 20 witnesses who are due to be called, including experts like forensic accountants and financial analysts.

“More than 60 other witnesses may be mentioned, including staff from American Express, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, Principality and Santander.

“There will be evidence from staff at the Bermuda Police Service and Government of Bermuda.

“A jury will be selected on Tuesday and the case is expected to last for about eight weeks.”

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