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Pair on fraud charges choose Crown Court trial

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 02, 2010

A MAN and woman from Kingsteignton accused of fraud offences have had their case sent to Crown Court.

Sameena Lumber, 19, and Christopher Tribble, 32, both of Fouracre Way, have been committed for trial at Exeter Crown Court after electing to contest the charges.

They appeared in the dock together before JPs sitting in Newton Abbot Magistrates Court.

Lumber faces two charges of tendering a counterfeit £20 note in Newton Abbot on June 12 and is also charged with having a Blockbuster loyalty card stamp and a Warren's Bakery loyalty card stamp, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

Tribble faces one charge of possessing or having under his control a Blockbuster loyalty card stamp, and another similar offence involving a Warren's Bakery loyalty card stamp.

The charges relate to allegations that Lumber tendered forged notes at shops in Newton Abbot. It is said a police search later uncovered the loyalty card stamps belonging to her and Tribble at their home address.

Lumber and Tribble pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

They opted for their case to be heard at Exeter Crown Court.

The case was adjourned for a committal hearing which will be heard before magistrates in Torquay on Friday, September 24.

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