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Fraud charges linked to wedding scam admitted by company director

By George Jackson

A company director from Scotland has pleaded guilty to three fraud charges totalling more than £7,000 which are linked to a wedding scam and which involve the defendant's former fiancee and several members of her family.

Matt Jaeger, who turned 50 this week, had originally denied the offences.

But at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday his barrister Stephen Mooney told Deputy District Judge Liam McStay, when the case was listed for a mention, that Jaeger now admitted his offending.

Jaeger has pleaded guilty to committing the three fraud offences on November 1, 2010, just three weeks before he and his then fiancee, a local woman, were due to have been married in a ceremony in Fortworth in Texas in the United States.

Mr Mooney said that Jaeger, from Albany Street Lane in Edinburgh, was unable to be in court yesterday because he had recently sustained a black eye.

"The case was listed last week and a contest date was fixed for May 24," he said.

"I have taken instructions and that contest date is no longer required. The defendant now accepts the prosecution case against him and whatever is said against him he now admits," Mr Mooney said.

The Deputy District Judge ordered a pre-sentence report for June 16 and said that Jaeger would be sentenced on that date.

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