A Cumbrian estate agent has appeared in court charged with 16 counts of fraud.
The Cumbrian News & Star newspaper reports that Donald George Scott, of Bolton Low Houses near Wigton, appeared before magistrates in Carlisle this morning.
He did not enter a plea.
Five charges relate to making or supplying an article for use in fraud and date from April 1 2010 to September 22 2010.
The remaining 11 offences see Scott accused of fraud by abuse of position and date from March 31, 2010 to January 21 this year. There are four alleged victims.
All charges relate to his company, the Wigton-based Donald Scott Land and Estate Agents.
The newspaper reports that the case was adjourned to Carlisle Crown Court on September 14.