The reportedly lengthiest criminal trial in the legal history of the United Kingdom finally closes with a couple being found guilty of broad scale property fraud.
Edwin McLaren, age 52, was the architect of a property fraud scheme to the tune of £1.7 million.Police say the fraud involved deceiving several victims who were all financially vulnerable due to difficulties in signing over their homes.
Lorraine McLaren, age 51 and Edwin's wife, was convicted along with him for her cooperation in the fraud.The High Court in Glasgow convicted both McLarens after an interminable trial that began in September 2015.The court allotted just shy of a year (320 days) simply to hear evidence.
Sentencing for the McLaren's is scheduled for next month.The official Twitter account of Scotland Police tweeted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, "Statement from Det.Supt Lawson following the conviction of Lorraine & Edwin McLaren of large-scale mortgage fraud today."
Detective Superintendent Andy Lawson expounded: "The result of today's lengthy court proceedings follows an extremely complex inquiry that is probably one of the largest, most complicated property fraud investigations ever carried out in Scotland."
Lawson also explains that a team of officers investigated a large number of cases for a multitude of victims who were left in destitution.