‘Warriors’ face £332,000 scam charges

Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
Blackpool Magistrates Court. / VIEW
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MAGISTRATES heard claims three Blackpool men and two of their companies were involved in a charity raffle scam worth £332,000.

It is alleged the Wounded Warriors project, in which men and women dressed in service uniforms sold raffle tickets on the streets, was a front for fraud.

Patrick Jarrett, 47, of Teal Court, Blackpool, and company director William Knight, 49, of Midgeland Road, Marton, were excused attendance at court.

Jarrett is accused of money laundering funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets. The organisation is alleged to have claimed the money collected was for needy servicemen.

Knight is accused of fraudulent trading and money laundering.

John Wadsworth, formerly of Church Street, was not present and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The company Wounded Warriors UK, of Church Street, is accused of fraudulent trading and money laundering.

A second company Keystone Fundraising Ltd, also of Church Street, also faces allegations of money laundering and fraudulent trading.

The cases were adjourned to March 30.