A MAN and woman have been told to prepare for prison after they helped to conceal cash linked to international “romance fraud”.
Anderson Boakye, 26, and 28-year-old Laura Glendinning both appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (FRI).
They each admitted one charge of entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement by receiving cash into a bank account. Boakye admitted a similar second money laundering offence which states that he collected cash sums.
Their offending occurred between October 1 and November 2 last year.
The value of criminality involving Boakye and Glendinning, both of Crummock Street, Carlisle, is yet to be disclosed. A prosecutor told an earlier court hearing the charges related to an alleged romance fraud originating in Africa.
Glendinning, who wept during today’s brief appearance in the dock, was said to have pleaded guilty on a basis accepted by the prosecution.
Judge Brian Cummings QC adjourned the case and asked for the preparation of pre-sentence reports on both defendants. They were granted bail and are due to receive their respective punishments at the crown court on August 2.
Judge Cummings told them: “All options will be available to the sentencing judge. That includes the possibility of immediate custody. You must prepare yourself for all possibilities.”