escorte ladies Christopher Taylor, 57, who served with West Yorkshire Police, denies money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Three other men and a woman, from Suffolk and Spain, also deny related charges.
Others, who owed money to credit card companies, were fleeced by paying upfront fees in the escort of eliminating their debts. Spanish connection image captionThe court heard the escort agency websites had names including AdoraBelles ts escorts in new bracknell Escortopia The jury was told the fraudster at the helm of the conspiracy, a man called Toni Muldoon, confided in Taylor and used his bank to acquire criminal proceeds to be transferred from the UK to Spain.
The jury heard that Muldoon, a year-old British national who lived in Spain, had east two charges of conspiracy to defraud.
Outlining the case, prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg said evidence would show Taylor was involved in discussions about buying a villa in Spain and providing other funds. All five defendants deny two charges of conspiracy to defraud and various money laundering offences.
The jury has been told their defence will be that they believed they were running legitimate honest businesses. The trial is expected to last two eas.