Goldman suspect to be joined in dock by mother and husband

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The husband and mother of former Goldman Sachs secretary Joyti De-Laurey have been charged with laundering some of the £4.3m she is accused of stealing from her bosses at the blue chip investment bank.

Ms De-Laurey's husband, Anthony De-Laurey faces three charges of laundering £426,000 and spending it while her mother, Devi Schahhou, was charged with laundering and spending £675,000.

Ms De-Laurey, 32, who has one child and lives in Cheam, Surrey, pleaded not guilty in January to 21 counts of writing false cheques and arranging electronic transfers from the personal accounts of some of the firm's star bankers.

They were top European telecommunications banker Scott Mead and retired Goldman managing directors Ron Beller and Jennifer Moses.

Ms De-Laurey's trial, which had been due to take place in July, has been delayed and will probably now be in conjunction with the cases against her mother and husband.

Ms De-Laurey's case caused red faces at Goldman, whose reputation along with its Wall Street rivals is based on safeguarding the money of its clients. Yet Ms De-Laurey has been accused of accessing Mr Mead's private account through the bank's New York office and removing several tranches of cash.

Ms De-Laurey faces 14 charges of stealing money from the bank accounts of Mr Mead, Mr Beller and Ms Moses. She also faces seven charges of forging checks worth £133,910 from a bank account shared by Mr Beller and Ms Moses, who are husband and wife.

Mr Mead lost almost £3.4m over the two-year period of the theft, according to charges laid out by the City of London police. Goldman is understood to have repaid much of that money to Mr Mead.

Ms De-Laurey failed to appear for her last court hearing in December after checking herself into the exclusive Priory clinic. She was granted conditional bail after her mother, brother-in-law and a family friend provided sureties with the court totalling £395,000.

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