Three members of Toni Muldoon’s Costa gang found guilty

LAST UPDATED: 18 Jun, 2013 @ 16:04
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Three members of Toni Muldoon’s Costa gang found guilty

THREE members of Toni Muldoon’s workforce have been found guilty of involvement in a €6.6 million escort and debt recovery scam.

Mark Bell, 41, Colin Samuels, 61 and Geraldine French, 60, were each convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud at Ipswich Crown Court.

Charges against former police detective Christopher Taylor, 57, and Bradley Rogers, 29 are still being considered by the jury.

At least 14,000 people were conned by Muldoon’s schemes.

The Costa del Sol-based gang conned people into signing up to act as ‘non-sexual’ companions with the promise of earning up to €700 a day.

Clients paid an upfront fee of over €400 but never received any work.

Muldoon has also admitted masterminding another scam in which the group cold-called people and promised to eliminate their debt.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Bell, Samuels, and French that jail sentences were inevitable before remanding them in custody.

Taylor, a retired detective, and Rogers, who is said to have been Muldoon’s right-hand man , each deny conspiracy to defraud and money-laundering.

Rogers, who chose the names for the escort websites and organized adverts in papers such as the Daily Star, is said to have received over £750,000 into his account.

It has also emerged that Taylor, who denies any knowledge of Muldoon’s illegal activity, had documents on his computer regarding his boss which were named ‘Born to be a Costa Conman’.

The trial continues.

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