Leeds bargain wine boss faces fraud charges

A Leeds businessman who ran a bargain online booze firm and an upmarket city centre restaurant has appeared in court in connection with a suspected fraud related to the sale of wine from abroad.

Belgian-born Dennis LeFrancq, 35, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, theft, fraud by false representation and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

He was extradited to the UK on Wednesday night, having been arrested on November 8 in Prague by Czech authorities after a European arrest warrant was issued in his name.

Wine company SurplusWine.co.uk, of which he was a director, was placed into administration in April.

The online firm offered luxury wines and champagnes at huge discounts, Mr LeFrancq also owned city centre fine dining restaurant No 3 York Place.

He appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody. He will appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 16.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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