A 46-year-old man pleaded responsible to fraud in the present day at Southwark Crown Court docket, following a prosecution introduced by the Monetary Conduct Authority (FCA). 

Man Flintham, primarily based in Blackburn, Lancashire, defrauded round 240 traders by making false representations to influence them to speculate roughly £19m in an funding scheme operated by him between January 2016 and November 2021.

Mr Flintham made various fraudulent claims to traders, together with about how the scheme was operated, and the earnings they might and have been making by way of the scheme. He additionally falsified paperwork to be able to assist a few of his claims, the FCA stated.

Sentencing of Mr Flintham will happen on 26 April 2024. 

Mr Flintham pleaded not responsible to an additional rely of carrying on regulated exercise with out authorisation or exemption, opposite to the Monetary Companies and Markets Act 2000.

He had earlier appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket on 22 January 2024 the place he didn’t point out a plea in respect of the fraud offence however pleaded not responsible to the carrying on regulated actions offence.

Fraud by false illustration is punishable by a effective and/or as much as 10 years’ in jail. Carrying on regulated actions with out authorisation is opposite to part 23 of the Monetary Companies and Markets Act 2000 and is punishable by a effective and/or as much as 2 years’ imprisonment.

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