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Jury retires to consider verdict in money laundering case

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

Jury retires to consider verdict in money laundering case

THE jury in the case of three members of the same family accused of money laundering has been sent out to consider its verdict.

Trevor Duncan Worth, known as Duncan, his brother Kurt and their mother Catherine Murrell, 65, of North Roskear Road, Camborne, deny eight counts of transferring, concealing and converting criminal money.

After a six day trial, which started last Monday, the twelve members of the jury retired to consider their verdicts at 10am yesterday morning.

During the trial, Jason Beal, for the CPS said the members of this family were involved in laundering the proceeds of crime, converting money that had been obtained by criminal activity into assets which appeared to have a legitimate origin, cash into bank accounts and property.

He said: “It was in short, washing dirty money.”

Mr Beal said Duncan Worth, 45, who lives with his brother at St Michael’s Road, Ponsanooth, had connections with two convicted cannabis producers and his fingerprints had been found on banknotes at the home of one of them.

One charge relates to cash payments of £6,400 into Duncan Worth’s bank account and another to £11,220 in cash found at his then-home in St Clement’s Close, Truro, when the police executed a search warrant on August 29, 2006.

Police arrested Worth on suspicion of money-laundering and confiscated the cash but it was later returned to the family after Kurt Worth, 41, said it was his gambling fund.

Duncan Worth is also jointly accused with his mother of converting criminal cash.

Kurt Worth is charged with transferring £12,000 of criminal property in 2008.

All three deny the charges. The defence said that some of the money had been lent to the family, some was from Kurt Worth’s gambling fund which he lent to his brother, while other sums had been left to Duncan Worth by his grandmother.

The trial continues.

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