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David Vaughan JonesSource: Heddlu Dyfed-Powys PoliceJones would use the money invested by some people to pay other clients, keeping up the appearance that the scheme was legal and profitable.In a statement, Nicola Rees of the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘David Jones is an educated man who applied his intelligence to running a financial scam. He systematically deceived people into paying considerable sums of money to him.‘He knew from the outset that they were not paying into legitimate investments and he lied to them, using his influence within the community and on occasion as a family friend to maintain the pretence.’Jones, from Welshpool in Powys, admitted 24 charges in October last year after the scam was uncovered.It has been reported that sentencing was delayed after Jones claimed the defrauded money was being kept in a Channel Islands account, and could be repaid.But the court heard that, though victims had been asked for details of their bank accounts they have received nothing. A struck-off solicitor who turned to tax consultancy work has been sent to prison for fraud.David Vaughan Jones, 76, was jailed for six years yesterday at Mold Crown Court, after conning victims out of almost £1.5m.Jones was struck off by the Law Society in the early 1990s, which led to him working as a tax consultant despite not having qualifications in that field.It was in this role he persuaded people to pay into offshore investments that he would recommend. Jones gained the trust of people in the community from being a prominent member of the Evangelical Church.
Empire WindrushOn this day in History, June 22, 1948, a German cruise boat, the Empire Windrush, traveled up the Thames to the Tilbury Dock, London, where she disembarked 492 settlers from Kingston, Jamaica. Many of the travelers were ex-servicemen, who had served in England during the war. This was the first wave in Britain’s post-war labour recruitment from the Commonwealth marking the start of modern immigration to the United Kingdom.One of them was a future Mayor of Southwark, Sam King, who passed away June 19, 2016, served in England with the wartime RAF. In ‘Forty Winters On’, published by Lambeth Council, he recalled getting two wireless operators among the passengers to play dominoes innocently outside the ship’s radio room and eavesdrop on incoming signals. They heard on the BBC that Arthur Creech Jones, Colonial Secretary in the Labour government, had pointed out that: ‘These people have British passports and they must be allowed to land.’ He added that they would not last one winter in England anyway, so there was nothing to worry about.The newspapers were already interested in the voyage of what they embarrassingly called ‘the sons of empire’ and the Colonial Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Labour were busily engaged in trying to dodge responsibility for the newcomers, whose imminent arrival they viewed with alarm. Eventually the Colonial Office, defeated in these arcane bureaucratic maneuverings, reluctantly opened the deep air-raid shelter under Clapham Common and about 230 of the new arrivals moved into it. The labour exchange nearest Clapham Common happened to be the one in Brixton, in Coldharbour Lane, and it was this that made Brixton the first of London’s new West Indian ghettoes.