Police seek Lancing man for betting investment conspiracy case

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POLICE investigating an alleged conspiracy to defraud have released the name and photograph of a man they want to arrest following his failure to answer to his police bail.

The 38-year-old Lancing man Jeffery Bloor is described as white, 5ft 6in, with blue eyes and short straight ginger hair, is believed to be clean shaven, and typically wears jeans and a t-shirt.

His last known address was in Lancing but he also has connections in Worthing.

Three other men have already been charged with conspiracy to defraud in relation to an alleged horse race betting brochure investment fraud.

John McCracken, 45, unemployed, of Whitehawk Road, Brighton, Matthew Thole, 39, a company director, of Cefn Mably Park, Cardiff and John Brice, 39, self-employed, of Sandringham Drive, Hove, appeared on bail at Brighton Magistrates Court on June 29 and were committed on bail to appear for a plea and case management hearing at Crown Court on October 5, with a view to a trial in 2013.

They are all charged that between April 30, 2003, and February 13, 2008, they conspired with each other and with Paul Spicer, Gregory Spicer and Lee O’Donnell and with others, to defraud prospective and actual participants in various purported betting services and purported investment services by dishonestly:

i) making false claims in relation to the betting services;

ii) making false claims in relation to the investment services;

iii) seeking and receiving payment in relation to the services referred to in i) and ii) above.

The charges result from a nine-month long enquiry by the Major Fraud Unit of Sussex Police, and on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

It is alleged that more than £5 million was obtained by the defendants as a result of their convincing hundreds of individuals across the UK to invest in non-existent betting brochure schemes.

All three, together with Bloor, had been on police bail since their arrests last year. Thole and Brice were charged when they answered their bail on June 12, and McCracken was charged when he answered his bail on June 13. Bloor failed to answer his bail on that date.

His details were circulated to all forces and all ports in June and active enquiries are on going to trace him. When he is arrested he will be charged with the same offence as the other three, and will also be interviewed about the offence of failing to answer his bail.

A Sussex Police spokesman said; “It is not suggested that Bloor poses a physical threat to the public, but this is serious offence and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call us via 101 quoting Operation Zeta. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 1111.”