A LESBIAN stripper wept as she was cleared of teaming up with her wife to scam a global banking firm out of tens of thousands of pounds.
Camilla Forrest, 32, was accused of working with lover Amy Olding, 33, to set up a sham recruitment consultancy service to defraud Investec.
Camilla Forrest (left) and wife Amy Olding (right) were accused of conning banking firm Investec
Brais G. Rouco Camilla Forrest pictured outside court
Olding, who worked in Ivestec’s HR department, had previously admitted fraud.
But Forrest, who performs at London gentlemen’s club For Your Eyes Only, was cleared after prosecutors offered no evidence.
Forrest was accused of setting up recruitment firm City Search Partner and using the company to invoice Olding for bogus recruitment services.
The couple were said to have pocketed £33,400 by submitting invoices for four recruits, none of whom had heard of City Search Partners.
Prosecutor Roger Daniells-Smith said: “The two lived together as a couple, Ms Olding was the insider at the bank, in a privileged position, working for the human resources department in recruitment.
“We are dealing with high level banking executives being recruited to the company – we are talking six-figure salaries.
We are dealing with high level banking executives being recruited to the company – we are talking six-figure salariesProsecutor Roger Daniells-Smith
“They had no work, they had no client base, they had nothing. It was just a company by name.
“Amy Olding said nepotism is rife, it’s all about who you know.”
The couple tied the knot on 1 June 2013 at The Old Marylebone Town Hall – which has hosted two of Sir Paul McCartney’s weddings – and held a reception at the Savoy.
But the court heard their relationship is currently ‘in flux’.
Judge Nicholas-Loraine Smith criticised the prosecution case against Forrest, saying: “The case has not been properly investigated or prepared for trial.”
After the prosecution agreed to drop the case against her, Ms Forrest wept in the dock.
The judge told her: “The prosecution have offered no evidence against you, I enter a verdict of not guilty.”
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Olding, of St Peter’s Heights, Bromley, admitted fraud by false representation and another count of fraud by abuse of position and awaits sentence at Southwark Crown Court.
Forrest, of Oxted, Surrey, denied one charge of fraud and the charge was dropped.
Olding will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court later today.
Instagram Ms Forrest wept in court as she was cleared
Instagram She had been accused of working with wife Amy Olding to carry out the fraud
Ms Forrest also works at a gentleman’s club in London
The prosecution offered no evidence against Ms Forrest
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