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Gervais fraud trial is adjourned
Ricky Gervais
Money was allegedly stolen from Mr Gervais' bank account
The trial of five people accused of plotting to buy gold bullion with money stolen from Ricky Gervais has been adjourned after a jury was sworn in.

The four men and a woman allegedly forged The Office star's passport and wired 196,000 from his bank account.

Mr Gervais, who played David Brent in the hit BBC series, was one of three targeted in the alleged 350,000 sting.

The five have denied conspiracy charges. The case is now due to open on Tuesday at Wood Green Crown Court.

Courier company

Kenneth Speight, 39, originally from Erith, south east London, but now of no fixed address, denies three counts of conspiracy to defraud between February and April 2004.

Bank call centre employee Sharonjeet Snobber, 28, of Arthur Shirley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, has denied the same charges.

Their three co-defendants, who worked for bullion courier company Express Despatch in Redhill, Surrey, entered similar pleas at an earlier hearing.

They are Mushtaq Javed, 43, of Crawley, West Sussex; Craig Reeves, 28, of Alton, Hampshire and Harry Peach, 57, of Leatherhead, Surrey.




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