Cambridge Crown Court. Photo credit: David Gruar
UPDATED 18 JUNE 2013 - TRIAL CONCLUDED - SEE BELOW
Two Pinays based in the British university city of Cambridge have been committed for trial on illegal money lending and money laundering charges.
Narcita Mallari and Maria T Reves, both from the Cherry Hinton area of Cambridge, were arrested by officers from a specialist anti-loan sharking team on separate occasions last year.
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The suspected loan sharks, Mallari aged 45 and Reves aged 40, were arrested after the team executed warrants at their homes in Cherry Hinton. Mallari was arrested in January and Reves was arrested in May last year.
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Judge Gareth Hawkesworth at Cambridge Crown Court said Mallari was causing fear and anxiety to victims families [Click for full details of conclusion of case]
The investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team who operated in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards officers is part of a nationwide drive against loan sharks who charge very high interest rates.
Both defendants originally appeared before Cambridge Magistrates in September last year, then went before a judge at Cambridge Crown Court on 21st December. This was a plea and case management hearing. Mallari and Reves pleaded not guilty, the judge remanding the case for a full trial starting June 17 2013. The trial is expected to last between 7 and 10 days.
Bail was extended for both accused until the trial.
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