THREE people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering after warrants were issued in Essex.

The warrants were carried out by Essex Police officers from the Proactive Money Laundering Team early on Tuesday, October 24.

They were supported by officers from the force’s Operational Support Group.

It followed reports of elderly people being targeted and sold what is believed to be unnecessary property maintenance services and repairs.  

A 29-year-old man was arrested at a property in the Maldon area, a 25-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Chelmsford and a 30-year-old man was arrested in Witham.

All three have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud and they have all been bailed until dates in December and January..

Det Sgt Mike Monkton, who led the warrants, said: “Here in the Proactive Money Laundering Team we will continue to take action to combat fraud and money laundering within Essex.

“If anyone thinks they, or someone they know, is a victim of fraud, I would encourage them to report to Action Fraud, Trading Standards or Essex Police.”