Gang accused of £46,000 Boris Bike scam
Nana Boateng, 26, and Jose Dias, 27, allegedly organised sham repayments while working for SERCO, the company that organises the London Cycle Hire programme.
The two men, who worked at the firm's Enfield offices, are accused of dishonestly arranging for refunds from the bike scheme to be channeled into the accounts of six of their friends between 21 September to 16 December 2010.
Prosecutors claimed the three channeled repayments through the accounts of George Hayden, 29, Zakir Bhad, 24, Darnel Joseph-Albert, 20, Samuel Njie, 26, Elizabeth Spencer, 36, and Sakinah MacAulay, 24.
Dias and Devina Joseph-Albert, both of Clapton, east London, appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court yesterday for a plea and case management hearing.
Darnel Joseph-Albert, also of Clapton, east London, pleaded not guilty to a single count of entering into an arrangement and will stand trial later this year.
Each defendant "entered into or became concerned in an arrangement which they knew or suspected facilitated, by whatever means, the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property by or on behalf of another person."