EIGHT people appeared in court accused of taking part in a £20,000-plus fraud at a Chester-based bank.
They made their second appearance at Chester Crown Court on Monday of last week and were told they will tried in the New Year.
The eight are: Deborah Williams, 40, of Chester Road, Backford; James Lamb, 40, of Carlyle Crescent, Great Sutton; Annette Innes, 49, of Alvanley Road, Great Sutton; Gareth Williams, 21, and Craig Williams, 17, both of Senwick Road, Ellesmere Port; Patrick Farrell, 31, of Church Street, Ellesmere Port; Carl Potts, 23, of Fotheringay Court, Ellesmere Port and Peter Wood, 55, of Hillside Drive, Overpool, Ellesmere Port. He did not appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
All eight are charged with conspiracy to defraud.
Prosecutor Meirion Lewis-Jones said: 'This is allegedly a serious fraud relating to the misuse of funds in a large number of accounts held at MBNA Bank.'
He told Judge Michael Farmer QC that telephone evidence was still to be produced to the court.
The eight will answer the charges when they appear again at a plea and directions hearing at the crown court on October 12. They will be provisionally tried on January 14.
All eight were released on unconditional bail, apart from Potts who has a condition not to contact witnesses.