Jason Sugarman KC and Jessica Tate instructed by Keith Woods at Lewis Nedas represented John Andrews who was charged alongside three co-defendants with conspiring to defraud members of the public through a fraudulent Ecuadorian gold mine investment. The alleged fraud targeted 343 victims who lost a total of £5.4 million. This case was further linked to a number of other significant frauds which had resulted in numerous convictions.
Following days of legal argument and representations by Mr Andrews’ legal team, the prosecution agreed not to proceed against Mr Andrews in relation to the principal offence of conspiracy to defraud. Mr Andrews pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring £60,000 of criminal property on the instruction and for the benefit of a co-defendant.
The case received substantial press coverage including: