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Woman accused of £222,000 used clothes business fraud

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A WOMAN has appeared in the Magistrate’s Court charged with criminally and fraudulently converting to her own use more than £200,000 allegedly paid to companies she ran for used clothes and other goods to be exported to developing countries.

The case was adjourned until 28 August

Michelle Anne Yuksel (58), of Rue de Jambert, St Clement, is accused of having committed nine counts of the offence between December 2010 and December 2013 with the amounts involved totalling £222,338. A tenth charge of knowingly making a false representation was also put to her.

Her case will be dealt with by the Royal Court after Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris decided that the charges were too serious for the lower court.

The money which the charges relate to was allegedly paid to two companies run by the defendant – Parisma and Logistics2go. Both offered for sale shipments of used clothes and shoes for export to places in Africa and other parts of the world.

Centenier Mike Byrne read out the ten charges. The first said: ‘Between 15 December 2010 and 13 July 2011, at premises known as Parisma, Charles Street, Michelle Anne Yuksel criminally and fraudulently converted to her own use and benefit £13,157.80; that sum being monies paid to Parisma Ltd by Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie for the purposes of purchasing and shipping goods weighing 700 kg on his behalf by expending that sums on costs and expenses incurred and debts owed by the said Michelle Anne Yuksel.’

Parisma Ltd features in six of the alleged offences while Logistics2go is named in three others.

Apart from Charles Street, addresses of 87 St Clement’s Road and Recycling Headquarters, La Guilleaumerie, St Saviour, were given for Parisma.

The address given for Logistics2go was Unit 4, La Rue Sinnatt, St Saviour, which is part of Rue des Prés Trading Estate.

The nine amounts allegedly criminally converted ranged from over £13,000 to more than £40,000 and a total of 12 victims are named on the charge sheet.

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The tenth charge is that ‘on or before 10 December 2013 at the premises of Logistics2go Ltd that Michelle Anne Yuksel knowingly made a false representation to Debra and Angelo Tesla (trading as Zesti Consulting) namely that goods weighing 10,000 kg would be sent to fulfil that order after payment of £8,426.50 was taken from them when the said Michelle Anne Yuksel knew that such goods could not be delivered’.

Police legal adviser Sam Brown said that this was a case that should be set out for committal to the Royal Court as the charges represented fraudulent conduct. He said that it was alleged that a total of £222,338 was paid. On nine occasions the payments were allegedly for services and that there was one case of an alleged misrepresentation with no intention of fulfilling an order.

Ms Yuksel was granted bail and as part of the conditions she has to live at her home address. She was also ordered to surrender her passport and driving licence and not to leave the Island without the consent of the court. However, she was given permission for a day trip out of Jersey on 13 August.

The case was adjourned until 28 August and a date of 11 September has been set for a formal committal hearing to send the case to the Royal Court.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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