Six men and one woman have been arrested and charged after more than £1m was stolen from an elderly woman in Scotland.
It follows a cross-border investigation involving Police Scotland and policing partners in Essex, London and Eastbourne.
The arrests took place as part of an ongoing investigation into significant fraud in which the woman from South Lanarkshire had a seven-figure sum stolen between May and August of this year.
Police Scotland officers were assisted by partners from the National Crime Agency’s National Economic Crime Centre and colleagues from other police forces. The arrests took place in Eastbourne, Stansted, Dagenham and East Ham in London.
The 34-year-old woman and four men, aged 39, 39, 41 and 50, are due to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday.
Two men, aged 23 and 28, have been released to appear at court at a later date.
The investigation into the high-value fraud continues.
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