A man and a woman from Haywards Heath and a man from Burgess Hill have been charged as part of a fraud investigation.
The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has charged a further 10 people – including three from Mid Sussex – with fraud and Money Laundering offences involving 34 victims as part of Operation Knock.
The charges relate to incidents between October 2013 and April 2014 when victims were told their neighbours’ property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property, which required specialist equipment to be hired and they needed to pay a returnable deposit. The offences relate to 34 victims in which over £300,000 was taken.
Paul Bryson, aged 24, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath; Alfie Robinson, aged 22, of Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill were all charged with conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.
Jessica Bryson, aged 20, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath was charged with two counts of acquiring criminal property.
All have been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on 26 March.