Ipswich: Solicitors due in court charged with money laundering

IPSWICH: Two solicitors are among six people due to appear in court this week over an alleged buy-to-let mortgage fraud in Ipswich.

The charges follow an investigation launched in 2008 after police were informed of alleged irregularities relating to new build properties in Bull Road.

The development of flats and houses was built on part of the former Bull Motors factory site in Foxhall Road.

It is understood the original allegations centred around mortgages applied for, and granted, in 2006 and 2007.

People in the mortgage application process and legal profession were questioned as part of the inquiry.

Police have confirmed solicitors Ajayi Seun, 45, of South Rise, Carshalton, Surrey, and Olayemi Daniel, 44, of Lindisfarne Road, Dagenham, Essex, have been charged with conspiracy to money launder.

Adebimbo Seun, 43, a civil servant, of South Rise, Carshalton, is also scheduled to appear before magistrates in Ipswich on the same allegation.

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The trio were charged following the same accusation being laid against three women early last month.

They are Natasha Patrick, 41, of Clarewood Walk, south-west London, Didi Jordan, 43, of Penshurst Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, and 47-year-old sales representative, Janet Mukasa, of Sittingbourne, Kent.

All six are due to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Seven suspects were originally arrested by Suffolk Constabulary during the lengthy investigation.

In addition to Bull Road, mortgages on other properties in London and the southern counties are also understood to have come under the spotlight. However, it is understood the charges relate to alleged offences in Suffolk.

A 51-year-old man from Mitcham in Surrey was also arrested as part of the inquiry, but failed to answer his police bail on November 11, 2009.