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SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A MONEY LENDER. At the Bangor Petty Sessions on Tuesday—be- fore Messrs Thomas Lewis, J, E. Roberts (the Mayor), W. Pughe, H. Clegg, Moses Evans, and J. Edwards-W. Hughes Roberts, accountant, of Baugor and Carnarvon, was charged with ob- taining the sum of £ t 7 5s from Richard Griffith, High street, Cemaes, Anglesey, with intent to de- fraud.—Mr H. Lloyd Carter (Measrs Carter, Vin. cent, and Douglas Jones) prosecuted, and Mr W. Huw Rowland defended. Mr Carter said that since the prisoner had been in custody he (Mr Carter) had been instructed by the police to take up the case against him, which was only one of many cases that had come to the knowledge of the police, and which they intended to bring against him. The accused had carried on a systematic method of swindling, having ob- tained money by false pretences from various persons. However, he only proposed now to lay the facts of this particular case against the prisoner before their Worships and ask for a remand to enable the police to for- mulate the whole case against him. The accused was a person whom he should prove was a man without any visible means, and he should also prove that he never baa any means, and that he represented he had money to lend, and by means of such advertisements induced pet sons to apply to him for loans,and that such persons paid him large sums of money. In fact, be would prove that pri- soner had lived upon that system for several months. The circumstances of the particular case upon which prisoner was arrested were as follow: Richard Griffith, seeing prisoner's advertisement of money t4 lend, applied ior a loan of £1000. He received a letter from the prisoner in reply to that application as follows" October 7th, 1895.-Sir, -1 shall be pleased to give you a thousand pounds loan, but before I can do anything you must pay me five guineas costs. You had better call here (Carnarvon; Griffith called at pri- soner's office at Carnarvon on October id, and, in reply to prisoner, said that his security would be the deeds of a mineral water manufactory which he proposed to purchase. Prisoner expressed him- selt satisfied with that security, and said he would send the money at once, but Griffith must pay five guineas as commission for the loan. Griffith paid the five guineas. Not hearing from the prisoner he wrote to him asking for the money, and in Oc- tober received a letter from him enclosing a form to be filled up. He filled the form and returned it to the prisoner, and heard nothing further from him. Subsequently Griffith again went to Car- narvon, and called upon prisoner, who told him to call again in the morning. He did so, and was told by prisoner that he was expecting a letter or telegram about the money, and that he had better call at midday. He did so, and saw prisoners clerk, and had a conversation with him about the matter. Griffith then went home, and, not receiv- ing the money, he sent a telegram asking abou l No answer being received to that he again went to Carnarvon, and was told by the prisoner that tbe people who were advancing the money were not willing to advance more tham ^700. Griffith said that would not do, but £ 900woulddo Pn- soner then said he would give him £ 900 but he must have £ 12 interest in advance. Griffith paid him £ 2—all he had on him-and subsequently sent th6;priscner a further sum of £ 10. Three days afterwards prisoner removed his furniture -all obtained on the hire purchase system-in a most surreptitious and suspicious manner, giving out that he was going to one place, then going to another, and finally changing fchis route and land- ing at Barmouth, where he was followed by the owner of the property. Griffith came to Carnar- von on the day of the removal of the furniture, and he saw a cart containing furniture in front of the prisoner's house. He followed the cart and found that a portion of the furniture was deposited in a small house in Mountain street, Carnarvon. Bichard Griffith, High street, Cemaes, Anglesey, said he was a mineral water manufacturer. Having seen an advertisement in the paper he wrote to the accused asking for the loan of XIOOO, on the security of the business, and he received the letter already read by Mr Carter in reply. After the receipt of the letter he saw the accused at Car- narvon on the 15th of October. Witness asked him if he could send the money immediately. The accused Jsaid he could on the payment of £ o 58. Witness paid the money, stating that the mineral works would be sufficient security for the loan. He received no further communication from the accused for some days, and conse- quently witness wrote to him a letter asking when he intended to send the money, and he further asked that the loan should be for a definite period. The accused replied that he could arrange for a loan of £ 1,000 for ten or fifteen years, at the rate of four or five per cent., the interest to be paid every half year. On the 30th of October witness received a further letter from the accused asking him to fill up a form. He again went to Carnarvon to see the accused, who asked him to call next morning. Witness did s-z,, and the accused told him that he had not heard anything from the company that was to advance the money. He also said that he could not advance the £ 1,000, but that he could Jend £ 750, Witness said that would not do, and the prisoner said he would give him £900, but he must have X12 in- terest in advance. Witness paid him X2 whilst at Carnaivon, and he afterwards sent him £10 on November 21st. He went to Carnarvon again in a few days afterwards in consequence of having re- ceived a letter from the accused stating that he was in trouble, and that he would return the £17 5s he had received from witness early in the new year. When he arrived, at Carnarvon the accused had left, and he saw the furniture being rewoved in a cart to a house in Mountain street, Carnarvon. Witness then went to Bangor, and gave information to the police.. Cross-examined The mineral waterworks at the time of the negotiations for the loan did not belong to kim. He had made arrangements to buy them for £ 900. He did not try to get a loan from anybody but the accused. He had had the money he re- quired from another gentleman. He charged the accused with false pretences, because he said that he would give a loan of £ 1000 on the payment of Y,5 58 in the first instance. The accused, who had never seen the waterworks, told him that upon the receipt of R,12 advance interest he would be certain to get the money. Sergeant Breese said he arrested the accused at Barmouth on the 30th of November. The Bench granted a remand until Thursday week. An application for bail was opposed by Mr H. Lloyd Carter, who stated that the cases against the prisoner were numerous and grave. The Bench offered to accept bail, the prisoner in £ 50 and two sureties in £ 100. An application that £ 10 found on the prisoner at the time of his arrest might be handed Jover to him was opposed, Mr ° Carter saying that since his arrest he had given his wife a gold watch, value £ 16, obtained on the hire system from Mr Bibby. The Bench declined to make any order. Bail I was not forthcoming when the court rose. I


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