Brierfield father and daughter admit fraud charges

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A FATHER and daughter have admitted fraud in a list of charges involving tens of thousands of pounds.

Mohammed Khatana and Mahria Khatana pleaded guilty to charges that included making false representations to the legal services commission.

Preston Crown Court heard amounts were defrauded from various individuals.

The 51-year-old father, of Hawkswood Gardens, Brierfield, pleaded guilty to a total of 15 charges of fraud.

His 24-year-old daughter, also of Hawkswood Gardens, entered guilty pleas to four charges of fraud.

The first charge, which both admitted, involves false representations being made that they were in receipt of professional indemnity insurance.

The charges cover various periods, starting in December, 2008.

Their case was adjourned for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on September 12th.

Mahria Khatana was further remanded on bail. Her father was remanded in custody.

Judge Graham Knowles told the daughter: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious offences indeed.

“The fact I am allowing you bail and ordering a pre sentence report is no indication at all of what sentence you will receive.

“Every option including immediate prison is open to the court on the next occasion”.