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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March, 2004, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Solicitors charged after inquiry
A former president of Burnley Law Society has been accused of money laundering and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Basil Dearing, 60, of Lower Chapel Lane, Grindleton, Lancashire, was charged on Tuesday as part of a National Crime Squad investigation.

Solicitor, 53-year-old John Broughton of Pasture Drive in Colne, was charged with the same offences.

Eight other people have been charged with similar offences.

Mr Dearing, who is a former director of Burnley FC, works for SFN solicitors at Red Lion Street in Burnley.

Mr Broughton works at John Broughtons solicitors on Devonshire Road in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

A legal representative Noel Tully, aged 36, of Wood Street, Liverpool, has also been charged.

They will appear before Preston Magistrates on 15 April.

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