Two women accused of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering involving £170,000 have appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Charity Moyo, 35, of Raydon Avenue, Manchester, and Carole Nkomo, 38, of Daisy Hill Close, Sale, face two charges of conspiracy to commit fraud between January and December 2013.
They are alleged to have taken back goods at shops such as Debenhams and Topshop claiming they had been bought there and asking for refunds.
Both defendants also face one charge of possessing money from the proceeds of crime.
Nkomo is further charged with fraudulently obtaining a mortgage by claiming she was employed by a marketing company and earning £53,526 a year.
The defendants were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on July 1 by Blackpool magistrates.