Trio guilty in multi- million pound fraud scheme

THREE people will be sentenced later this month for their part in a multi- million pound fraud scheme.

John Hirst, 61, of Millroyd Mill, Huddersfield Road, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud and a further two counts of money laundering during the so-called Ponzi scheme which swindled millions of pounds from investors including ex-pats in Mallorca.

His second wife Linda Hirst, 62, of Surrey and his financial advisor Richard Pollett, 70, of Dorset, were each found guilty of counts of money laundering following a five week trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Jurors spent 30 hours coming to their decision.

The trio will be sentenced on Friday, August 31.