October trial date for O2 phone fraud six

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Six to appear in court on October 19 charged with defrauding O2 and other network operators to tune of £4.5 million

Six people charged in connection with a multi million pound international premium rate phone line fraud will appear in court on October 19.

Mohammed Arjad Butt, Abrar Arshad, Niklil Jamsandekar, Abioloa Salami, Cyril Okolie and Loretta Charlton were remanded in custody on August 20 and will appear at Southwark Crown Court in two months.

The six were charged with conspiracy to defraud and conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property. They are accused of defrauding O2 and other UK mobile phone network providers out of more than £4.5 million.

Two other men have also been charged. Ade Deji James has been charged with money laundering and possession of articles for use in fraud. James has been bailed to appear at City of London Magistrates Court on October 1.

Wasim Shaikh has been charged with money laundering of £1,600 on behalf of Loretta Charlton. He has been remanded in custody with a court date yet to be confirmed.

Four other suspects remain on police bail.

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