A NUMBER of people have been charged following an investigation into fraud within Devon and Cornwall, as part of Operation Fardel.

The following have all been charged with conspiracy to money launder, and all are due to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court on December 20:

  • Mr Pritesh Patel, aged 35 of Upper Beeding, Sussex
  • Mr Hemen Mehta, aged 33 of Ealing Road, Wembley, London
  • Ms Kinjal Barot, aged 26 of Ealing Road, Wembley, London
  • Mr Vishalkumar Patel, aged 26 of Pinner Road, Harrow, London
  • Mr Yunus Desai, aged 58 of Victoria Street, Chorley, Lancashire
  • Mr Mohammed Hussain, aged 22 of Landseer Avenue, Manor Park, London

As part of a separate fraud investigation, Rochelle Paisley, aged 24 of Beeches Road, West Bromwich has been charged with money laundering.

She has already appeared before the Magistrate and is now due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on December 19.

Five others remain on bail until the end of January 2017 in relation to this investigation.