Couple deny ‘cheque book’ fraud charges

A BEMPTON couple are scheduled to face trial over a string of fraud charges.

Barry Shaw, 49, and Rachael Shaw, 48, both of High Street, Bempton, sat shoulder-to-shoulder in the dock of court one at Hull Crown Court last Friday after denying the charges at Bridlington Magistrates Court in January.

Mrs Shaw had pleaded not guilty to twelve charges of fraud by abuse of position.

The charges related to her role as office manager at Medusa Creations Masonry, where it is alleged she abused her position to gain £15,797.18 over 12 incidents stretching from November 23, 2007 to September 22, 2009.

Mr Shaw had also pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to one charge of fraud by false representation, relating to a payment of £15,000 to him to buy shares in Medusa Creations Masonry between May 30 and October 31, 2008.

Crown barrister Michael Rawlings said since the couple had appeared at the magistrates’ court the charges had changed to simplify them for a trial. He said: “This is very simply cheque-book fraud.”

He said the hearing was scheduled for the pair to enter pleas to the charges, but Mr Shaw now also faced charges relating to the fraud.

He said Mr Shaw also faces a separate charge of possessing a shotgun without a certificate relating to an incident on March 23 last year at Carnaby Industrial Estate.

Barrister Anil Murray representing Barry Shaw said a defence statement had been prepared, but that did not relate to the new charges. He said a trial was already scheduled.

Judge James Sampson adjourned the hearing until June 1 and set the trial for August 13. He granted them both unconditional bail allowing them to walk free.