Northern Ireland

Couple charged in garden centre fraud case have bank accounts frozen

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A Co Down couple have been charged with having criminal property amounting to £267,326. (Picasa)

A Co Down couple accused of having criminal property worth over a quarter of a million pounds have had their bank accounts frozen, a court has heard.

Catherine Lambe (63) and her husband Norman Lambe (66), of Burn Road in Hillsborough, are both accused of possessing criminal property amounting to £267,326.46.

Ms Lambe is also accused of false accounting and abusing her position of trust with Cameron Landscapes Ltd.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 15 December 2009 and 25 February 2020.

The abuse of trust charge relates to an allegation that Ms Lamb made a number of payments to herself totalling £267,326.46.

The false accounting charge relates to a claim that Ms Lambe allegedly “destroyed, defaced, concealed or falsified certain account records or documents, namely the SAGE accounting system of Cameron Landscapes Ltd”.

A defence application for legal aid was refused by a district judge during a preliminary court hearing on Thursday.

A defence solicitor for the couple applied for legal aid, revealing that his clients’ assets and bank accounts had been frozen as a result of the allegations against them.

The legal aid application was refused and the judge adjourned the case for two weeks.