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Haverhill businessman and wife found guilty of fraud, daughter and another man cleared

From left: Lorraine, Steven and Joanne Oakley arriving at Birmingham Crown Court. Joanne was cleared of all charges but Mr Oakley was found guilty of four offences and his wife one

From left: Lorraine, Steven and Joanne Oakley arriving at Birmingham Crown Court. Joanne was cleared of all charges but Mr Oakley was found guilty of four offences and his wife one

 

A businessman and his wife have been found guilty of committing fraud in relation to their involvement with a former Haverhill firm.

Stephen Oakley, 60 and wife Lorraine, 56, both of Haverhill Road, Little Wratting were found guilty of the charge by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court last week after five week trial.

Mr Oakley was also found guilty of three charges of perverting the course of justice but was cleared of concealing criminal property, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and another count of theft namely of a Bentley GTC convertible belonging to Close Leasing Ltd.

Mrs Oakley was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice, conspiring to pervert the course of justice, and concealing criminal property.

Mrs Oakley and the couple’s daughter Joanne Oakley, from Ashen, were both acquitted of a charge of entering into an arrangement to facilitate the acquisition, retention,use or control of criminal property.

The prosecution had alleged that between August 27, 2010 and August 31, 2011 they were both involved in an arrangement that they knew or suspected facilitated the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property by or on behalf of Mr Oakley

Joanne Oakley, as with both her parents, was also cleared of the charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The prosecution alleged that between December 9, 2009 and August 31, 2011 the trio conspired to breach the terms of a restraint order made by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court in December 2009 in respects of Mr Oakley’s assets by dishonestly converting, concealing and disposing of his assets.

The fraud charges on which Mr and Mrs Oakley were convicted related to HSS Vulcan Ltd, which used to be based near Sturmer arches in Haverhill.

He was convicted of making a gain for himself or another by abusing his position as the company’s director and operations manager by procuring payments in cash and/or into a personal bank account of Mrs Oakley sums that were due to HSS Vulcan.

Mrs Oakley was convicted of the same offence by abusing her role as HSS Vulcan’s banking administrator.

The charge of concealing criminal property that Mr and Mrs Oakley were acquitted off related to property worth £19,100.

A fourth defendant in the case, Ian Bull, 62, of Poole Street, Cavendish was cleared of three counts; failure to disclose information under the Proceeds of Crime Act, prejudicing a criminal investigation by concealing documents and tipping off Mr Oakley that he was being investigated for an offence under the same act.

Sentencing has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report and will not take place before March 20.

Mr and Mrs Oakley received conditional bail.

 

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