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Charges following arrests by detectives investigating scammers impersonating police officers

Detectives investigating reports of fraud involving scammers impersonating police officers have charged three men aged 32, 26 and 25 years old with false representation.

All three are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday 31st May. As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

A 30 year old woman and a 23 year old man also arrested as part of the ongoing investigation have been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Police have been granted a court extension for a further 36hrs to question a 28-year-old man, who remains in custody at this time.

The charges come after six people were arrested in connection with the investigation on Friday and Saturday.

The first three arrests were made in the Ormeau Road area of south Belfast late Friday afternoon (28 May), shortly after 4pm.

Police had received a report that a 65 year-old woman was on her way to a location in the area to hand over £40,000 of cash to individuals she was duped into believing were police officers.

A parallel police operation in the West of the city resulted in a further three arrests in Devonshire Street, Belfast.


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