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Rossendale man charged over surrogate fraud
9:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A ROSSENDALE man has been charged by police with cheating money out of a deaf couple who were seeking to secure a surrogate child.
Gino Di Caprio, 52, from Rawtenstall, is alleged to have received an undisclosed sum from the would-be parents from Reading.
But detectives from Thames Valley Police have said that the surrogate child did not actually exist and he obtained the money under false pretences.
Di Caprio, of Old Row, off Haslingden Road, was arrested by detectives from the Berkshire force on September and charged with the fraud the following day.
He appeared before Reading magistrates, accused of fraud by false representation, involving the obtaining of money from the Reading couple between January 2012 and August 2013. Yesterday he made a brief appearance before Judge Peter Ross at Reading Crown Court, for a preliminary hearing.
The judge ordered a plea and case management hearing should take place on the charge on November 25 and remanded Di Caprio in custody.
If the case comes to trial, a provisional slot has been allocated for the case on January 27 next year, say court officials. A Thames Valley Police spokesman said that enquiries are still continuing into the alleged fraud and witnesses were being sought.
Det Con Nicola Slater, from Reading CID, is leading the inquiry and can be contacted with any information, regarding the investigation, via the force’s 24-hour enquiry line, on 01865 841148.