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£25,000 stole from former Gurkha soldiers in Britain

Northamptonshire : A 33-year-old man who allegedly conned former Gurkha soldiers out of £25,000 after he offered them non-existent security jobs working for the Sultan of Brunei has appeared in Northampton Magistrates’ Court. Sandeep Gurung, who is an ex-Gurkha soldier, has been charged with 22 counts of fraud and one of money laundering after being arrested by police earlier this year. The court heard that Gurung allegedly befriended former Gurkha soldiers and offered them security jobs at various different Brunei palaces in the UK. 

 Matthew Thomas, prosecuting, said Gurung is accused of asking for an advance payment from the soldiers for a CCTV licence course but the job then failed to materialise. It is also alleged that Gurung deceived one ex-Gurkha by claiming he was due medical compensation from the British Government but that he needed to make a bank transfer to him first in order to receive it. Another charge also alleges he fraudulently received £2,000 from one former Gurkha after he allegedly tricked him into believing he was from the Army Pension office. Gurung offered no plea to any of the charges. Magistrates declined jurisdiction in the case. Gurung, of Lancaster Way, Farnborough, will appear at Northampton Crown Court later this month for a plea and case management hearing.

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