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Operation Lavender fraud sentencing

30 January 2024

Two men who conspired to commit fraud amounting to £3.3million have been sent to prison by the Royal Court of Jersey.

Roy Jeanne and Michael Timms were sentenced to nine years in custody and four years in custody respectively, in a hearing on Tuesday 30 January. This follows a lengthy and complex financial crime investigation named Operation Lavender, which saw specialist financial investigators, supported by forensic accountants investigating offending by Jeanne and Timms, which spanned a 13-year period.

Jeanne was charged and pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny servant, falsification of accounts, money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud which amounted to £3.3 million.

Timms was charged and pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Detective Inspector Aiden Quenault of the Joint Financial Crimes Unit said: “This case reflects the complexity of financial crime investigation but also highlights the dedication, perseverance and skill of the investigators and the Law Officers Department prosecutors involved in the case.

“The States of Jersey Police are committed to thoroughly and diligently investigating all types of offending and financial crime is no different; those seeking to benefit from abusing their position in business and laundering their illicit gains will be identified, investigated and prosecuted. Every effort will be made to confiscate and return any proceeds of crime to victims.”​

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