A man has been charged with fraud after he is said to have conned work colleagues out of almost £20,000.
Craig Anderson, 42, is accused of telling co-workers at Rocket Medical in Washington that a relative worked for Curry’s and could get cut-price goods, including TVs and Apple products. The items are said to never have materialised after he collected £19,347 from fellow staff.
Appearing before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, Anderson, of Palmerston Road, Pennywell, entered no pleas to 23 counts of fraud by false representation.
He is said to have dishonestly made representations, between January 20 and May 10, which he knew were false or misleading, in order to make a gain for him- self.
The charges relate to 23 individuals and amounts ranging from £52 to as much as £7,554 each.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: “The appropriate venue for this is the crown court.”
Anderson’s solicitor Heather Bolton said she had no representations to make.
The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court where Anderson will appear for a plea and directions hearing on November 17.
He was released on conditional bail.