Fraud charges in missing woman inquiry

A 47-YEAR-OLD man arrested in connection with the murder and kidnap of oil executive Carole Waugh has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Ms Waugh had not been seen by her family in Haswell since mid-April when it is believed they were planning a 50th birthday for her in June.

Ms Waugh’s body was found inside a car at the garage in Lime Court, New Malden, south-west London, on Thursday night.

The 47-year-old, of no fixed abode, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Another man, Rakesh Bhayani, 40, of Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley, London, had previously appeared in court on related fraud charges in connection with her disappearance and was one of four men and two women arrested by Scotland Yard officers last month in connection with the inquiry into what was then the disappearance of Ms Waugh.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on three charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation relating to transactions associated with Ms Waugh’s identity worth around £280,000 and remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 25.

Five other suspects have been bailed pending further investigations.

Ms Waugh was reported missing by her family on May 7. They last saw her at a family party in mid-April.

She had lived and worked in Libya for a number of years, but returned to London in 2008 and would regularly visit relatives in East Durham, including her mum who lives in Alexandra Terrace in Haswell.