Stutton woman, 51, charged with money laundering offence in antiques theft probe

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A 51-year-old woman from Stutton, near Ipswich, is to appear in court accused of money laundering in connection to a man charged with the theft of antiques worth £120,000.

Lynne Graver was arrested late last year as part of a inquiry involving officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

After being questioned by officers at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre, Graver was released on bail until this week pending further enquiries.

However, it has now transpired that she was charged last month in relation to the investigation

A police spokeswoman confirmed Graver is scheduled to make her first court appearance next month.

The spokeswoman said: “51-year-old Lynne Graver, of Stutton, Ipswich has been charged with one count of handling stolen goods and one count of concealing/disguising/converting/ transferring/removing criminal property.

She was charged on February 26, 2016, and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on April 5, 2016.

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On December 1 police arrested Barry Spearing, 55, of Green Drive, Lowestoft, on suspicion of theft and money laundering as part of the same investigation.

He was also taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and was subsequently charged with theft.

Spearing made his first appearance on the accusation at Norwich Magistrates Court on December 2.

His case has now been sent to crown court for trial.

A provisional date has been set for May 23 at King’s Lynn Crown Court.

If Graver’s case goes to trial it is understood they will be tried together.