Property investor charged with 12 counts of forgery and fraud

A Buckinghamshire-based property investor has been charged with fraud and forgery offences that affected more than 50 victims.

Phillip Martin, 41, was formally charged at Milton Keynes Police Station on 28 November, with nine counts of fraud by false representation, one count of forgery and two counts of fraudulent trading.

The charges are linked to incidents between March 2009 and December 2010, during which time numerous reports emerged from people claiming to have invested in a property company, into which they had placed financial deposits. The investors claim they then received neither the portfolio nor a refund of their deposits.

Separately, between July 2013 and February 2014, Martin is alleged to have made a series of false representations to solicitors acting on behalf of a mortgage company, as well as to a County Court relating to a property in Little Linford.

Martin was first arrested on suspicion of fraud in July last year and is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 12 December.