A man has made his first appearance before a magistrates’ court charged with frauds involving more than £2.5 million.
Forty five-year-old Jeremy Sherwin, formerly of Holmefield Avenue, Cleveleys, and who, before that, lived in Poulton, appeared before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court charged with a number of offences.
He faces 10 charges of fraud involving the sale of advertising boards at sports grounds.
The sports grounds in question included Premier League clubs, it is alleged.
His victims include several businessmen on the Fylde coast who , it is alleged, he had asked to invest in his business.
One Poulton builder invested £1.3 million and a north Fylde electrical engineering company boss handed over £722,000, the court was told.
One of the charges before the court states that Sherwin gained £35,000 by falsely claiming he an interest in a TV game show based in Australia.
Sherwin, who is now of Par Lane, Par, in Cornwall, was remanded on bail to appear at Preston Crown Court on the charges on January 23 next year.
He must not contact witnesses and must surrender his passport under the terms of his bail.