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On 11 July detectives from the force's Overseas Anti-Corruption
Unit (OACU) charged Joan Tree, 60, and Sam Tree, 65, from
Bedfordshire, Anthony Williamson, 57, from Hampshire, Gary Bolton,
46, from Kent and Simon Sherrard, 49, from North West London with
various Fraud Act offences. All the accused were released on bail
and are due to appear at City of London Magistrates on 18
The charges, following consultation with and advice from
the Crown Prosecution Service, relate to a long term parallel
investigation with Avon and Somerset Constabulary regarding the
manufacture, promotion and sale of a range of fraudulent substance
detector devices to foreign jurisdictions between 15 January 2007
and 12 July 2012.
The details of the charges are:
Gary Bolton faces two counts contrary to sections 2 and 7 of the
Fraud Act 2006, relating to a device called ‘GT200’,
which it is alleged was dishonestly represented as capable of
Samuel Tree, Joan Tree, and Simon Sherrard have each been
charged with one count contrary to Section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006,
involving an ‘Alpha 6’ substance detection device.
Anthony Williamson faces the same charge in relation to an
Simon Sherrard faces an additional count contrary to
Section 6 of the Fraud Act 2006 for possession of an Alpha 6
substance detection device for use in a fraud.
On July 11 Avon and Somerset Constabulary charged James
McCormick with three counts contrary to section 6 and three counts
contrary to section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006, relating to three
devices, known as ‘ADE 101’, ‘ADE 650’ and ‘ADE 651’. He appears
before City of London Magistrates on July 12.