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Gerald Corrigan, 74, and his partner Marie Bailey, 67, became friends with Richard Wyn Lewis in 2015 and over the next four years they paid thousands of pounds that they believed were for real estate developments, land sales and horses, they he told Mold Crown Court on Monday. .
Prosecutor Peter Rouch QC said the motives for Corrigan’s murder outside his home in Anglesey, North Wales, in 2019 had nothing to do with the trial, but the alleged fraud offenses came to light when police interviewed Miss Bailey after her death.
He said: ‘Wyn Lewis is a scammer, he is a scammer, and during the period that this indictment covers, he scammed a number of different people out of large amounts of money, sometimes hundreds of pounds and sometimes thousands, many thousands.
During all this time, people lost his money and Wyn Lewis dishonestly kept it.
Prosecutor Mr Rouch said
Prosecutor Rouch said Corrigan and Miss Bailey met Lewis, 50, in 2015 and came to regard him as a “good and trusted friend.”
Lewis suggested to Mr. Corrigan that he could make money selling his house, Gof Du, for development and put him in touch with a potential buyer, John Halsall, and a man known as David, who said he used to work in the department of planning. the court listened.
Corrigan spoke to the men by phone, but police later discovered that the numbers he used for them were registered to Lewis.
He gave Lewis cash for planning requests, buying nearby land and opening a bank account abroad, the court was told.
But Rouch said no planning requests were made and no land purchased.
He said: “It was all a sham, a total scam, costing Gerry Corrigan and Marie Bailey many thousands of pounds.
About two days before Mr Corrigan was shot with a crossbow, Mr Corrigan gave Wyn Lewis £ 200 in cash, which was all he could afford.
“He apparently told Wyn Lewis at the time” there is no more money. ”
Analysis of the couple’s bank accounts showed additional withdrawals of £ 170,000 from the moment they met Lewis, which added to Miss Bailey’s £ 50,000 bank transfer would bring a total of £ 220,000, Rouch said.
Lewis of Holyhead denies 11 counts of fraud and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
His partner Maclean, 52, denies signing a money laundering agreement.
The trial continues.