04 March 2008
Brothers deny money laundering allegations
Two brothers have denied allegations of money laundering during a hearing at Preston crown court.
Ian and Mark Bowman stand accused of laundering nearly £250,000 but claim they believed the money was given to them by their mother after she was left a legacy by their late father, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.
Their mother, Moira Bowman, had stolen at least £350,000 in a customer refund scam when she worked at Booths Supermarket - a chain with stores located across the north-west of England.
She had worked as a customer service manager for the company and the money was taken over a period of five years.
It is alleged by the prosecution that her sons benefited in their personal bank accounts from the proceeds of the theft, knowing where the money came from.
Both Ian and Mark, however, deny the allegations. The trial is expected to last into next week.