Family faces money laundering trial after thefts from Calne firm

10:24am Sunday 1st June 2014

The husband and children of an accountant who plundered thousands from her Calne employers are to face trial by jury charged with money laundering.

Noreen Chaudhry was acting as a pay roll manager at Calne company Acklea when she repeatedly stole from them.

And it is alleged that Chaudhry, 50, of Weedon Road, Swindon, used the bank accounts of family members to pay the money into.

Her husband Shabir Hussain, daughter Shabana and son Humzah, each pleaded not guilty to acquiring criminal property when they appeared at Swindon Crown Court.

Shabir, 53, who gave the court an address in Southampton, is said to have received the cash in the two years up to last November, Shabana, 28, of Newbury, Berkshire, in the three years to December, and Humzah, 21, who lives with his mother, between May 2010 and July 2013.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to a trial date to be fixed after the three pleaded not guilty and released them on bail.

Chaudhry admitted making fraudulent payments using the electronic BACS system to steal from the firm over a three-year period pleaded guilty to fraud and false accounting.

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