Solicitor in court on new fraud charges

Published Friday, 02 March 2012
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A Belfast solicitor accused of being part of a major fraud operation has appeared in court on new charges of cheating the legal aid system.

Solicitor in court on new fraud charges
It is understood around £175,000 has been falsely claimed. (© UTV)

Ho Ling Mo, of Oakwood Park, faced six counts of submitting false application forms for payments on dates between 2007 and 2010.

The total amount allegedly claimed is understood to be in the region of £175,000.

Mo, aged 40, is already in custody on charges including false accounting, acquiring, converting and transferring criminal property, and helping to organise sham marriages.

The solicitor, who ran her own legal practice in the city, denies the offences.

A detective constable involved in the investigation told Belfast Magistrates' Court he could connect her to the new charges.

Defence lawyer Pat Kelly put no questions to the officer and made no application for bail.

Mr Kelly told the court: "She (Mo) has been in custody for over a year. Her circumstances have not changed.

"There is a High Court restraining order in operation so she does not have access to any assets."

Mo was remanded back into custody to appear again by video-link in two weeks time.

© UTV News
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