Christopher Taylor, 57, who served with West Yorkshire Police, denies money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Spanish connection image captionThe court heard the escort agency websites had names including AdoraBelles and Escortopia The jury was told essex escort massage fraudster at the helm of the conspiracy, a man called Toni Muldoon, confided in Taylor and used his bank to acquire criminal proceeds to be transferred from the UK to Spain.
The trial is expected to last two months. All five defendants deny two charges of conspiracy to defraud and various money laundering offences.
The jury heard that Muldoon, a year-old British national who lived in Spain, had admitted two charges of personals dates to defraud. The jury has been told their defence will be that they believed they were running legitimate honest businesses. Outlining the case, prosecutor Nic Lobbenberg said evidence would show Taylor was involved in discussions about buying a villa sited Spain and providing other funds.
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