West Sussex man charged over 23 counts of fraud

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A MAN has been charged with 23 counts of fraud amounting to more than £235,000.

John Alexander Taylor, 63, is accused of making a string of false representations between May 2009 and February 2011 across West Sussex and Hampshire.

Several hundred pounds is alleged to have been taken for tickets for a charity ball that did not exist.

Other charges relate to cheques written to buy property for amounts of up to £6,600 and to fraud involving insurance indemnity.

One charge relates to a fraud in Petersfield where false representation is alleged to have been used to gain £100,000.

The other offences are alleged to have taken place in Southampton, Liphook, and Horsham and Kingston Gorse in West Sussex.

Sussex Police began a complex investigation into allegations of fraud following a complaint from a man who bought tickets to a non-existent charity ball in Edinburgh in September 2010.

Taylor, of Lordings Road, Billingshurt, West Sussex, is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court next Thursday.

Anyone who is concerned that they may be a victim of fraud can contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999.