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February 24 2015.

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has today charged a 23-year-old man from Newhaven t with fraud and money laundering offences involving 34 victims.

George Wickens, 23, of Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, was charged with the following:

Conspiracy to commit fraud by making a false representation and conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.

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 incidents took place across Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Devon and London.

George Wickens was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court tomorrow.