The first five of 13 people alleged to have taken part in a Northamptonshire-wide money laundering operation in relation to the sale of drugs have appeared in front of a court in Northampton.
Keri-Anne Ackerman, 29, of Barker Close, Rushden; Joanna Potter, 30, of Newcomen Road, Wellingborough; Stewart Shanks, 50, of Mill Lane, Cogenhoe, and Denise and Nigel Wadforth, 56 and 55, both of Hayway, Rushden, appeared in the dock at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Each faced charges of conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property under the Criminal Law Act.
Ackerman’s charge related to the alleged ‘removal and transfer’ of criminal property.
The remaining four defendants’ charges related specifically to a ‘A Plaza Grand Caravan’.
Potter also faced a second charge of acquiring, using or having possession of criminal property, namely a Lexus. She pleaded not guilty to the charge at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Prosecuting, Bridget Fitzpatrick, said that all the charges related to a ‘money laundering scheme’ involving 13 defendants in total with alleged links to the ‘supply of class A drugs’.
The remaining eight defendants are due to appear at court over the next few days.
Magistrates granted Ackerman, Potter, Shanks, Wadsworth and Wadsworth unconditional bail and adjourned the case for a preliminary hearing at Northampton Crown Court on June 19.