Jury out in Simonstone Department of Works and Pension fraud case

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THE jury has been sent out in the Department of Works and Pensions fraud at Simonstone.

Two deny laundering money siphoned from pensioners’ accounts in a nationwide scam.

Shakeel Butt (27), of Lambeth Street, Blackburn, and Lucy Gakunga (22), of Ryland Road, Urdington, Birmingham, deny conspiracy to commit fraud and converting criminal property. Nine others were said to be involved in the conspiracy.