Monday, 06 April 2020

Ex-jockey’s son faces fraud trial

A MAN is facing trial for allegedly defrauding his parents’ company of almost £300,000.

Oliver De Haan, of Upper Bolney Road, Harpsden, is due to appear before a jury at Reading Crown Court on February 25.

It is alleged that he dishonestly abused his position to transfer funds from Ben De Haan Equine Ltd into a personal account and another account between September 2018 and August last year.

The 28-year-old is also accused of using company debit cards for unauthorised personal cash withdrawals and purchases.

The total loss to the company was £289,798.

De Haan denied fraud when he appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on January 22.

The company, based in Lambourn, was run by former jokey Ben De Haan, who won the Grand National in 1983, and his wife Donna.

The company appointed liquidators in September last year.

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