Two police officers in court over alleged Florida mortgage con

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A police inspector in the Black Country is facing allegations of fraud and theft in connection with an alleged timeshare con in Florida.

Kristian Starynskyj, who was based at Wolverhampton Police Station and is suspended from duty, has appeared in court alongside his wife and another West Midlands Police officer.

The court case comes more than three years after Insp Starynskyj and Det Con Teresa Fraser were suspended.

Starynskyj, aged 40, of Shirlett, Broseley, near Telford, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court to answer charges of fraud and theft alongside his wife Katherine Starynskyj, 36, of the same address, and Fraser, of Birmingham Road, Ansley, near Nuneaton.

Katherine Starynskyj is also employed by West Midlands Police.

Fraser, 43, is the wife of Leicestershire Police chief Gordon Fraser who was killed after being hit by a train in 2012.

All three were charged with carrying on a regulated activity when not an authorised or exempt person, knowingly or recklessly giving the Financial Services Authority false or misleading information, fraud by false representation and 14 counts of theft – for amounts of up to £110,000.

Kristian Starynskyj was charged with one count of false accounting, Fraser with two counts of the same charge and Katherine Starynskyj with three counts.

Those charges relate to falsifying documents in connection with mortgages for properties in Florida.

An application to prevent the publication of the defendants' addresses was refused by District Judge Andrew Shaw. All three were bailed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on April 1 for a preliminary hearing.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "This follows an investigation into an overseas property investment scheme managed by the three defendants and the former T/Deputy Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Gordon Fraser."

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