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Four on trial for allegedly defrauding auction houses

Bonhams and Christie's were among those targeted, court hears

Four individuals accused of using stolen credit cards to defraud UK auction houses, including Bonhams and Christie's, are standing trial in west London.

Farouk Dougui, Simohamed Rahmoun, Jabey Alan Bathurst and Barbara Ursula Goossens face charges of conspiracy to defraud for allegedly using stolen credit cards in 2010 to pay for expensive jewellery at auction. Dougui, Rahmoun and Bathurst are also accused of defrauding car-part suppliers. All the defendants deny the charges.

The trial, which began on 7 January and is expected to run for five weeks, continues.

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