Maryland man, 23, charged with £300,000 criminal cash conspiracy

The man was sentenced at Barkingside Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ken Mears

The man was sentenced at Barkingside Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

A young man from Newham has appeared in court charged with trying to lay his hands on £300,000 in criminal cash.

Rhyss James, 23, of Manbey Grove, Maryland, on Monday appeared for a preliminary hearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

He is charged with conspiring with one Shane Hamilton to illegally acquire, use or possess £303,171.71 between August 30 and September 2, 2016.

Mr James also faces a second charge of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property of £32,000 during the period.

He spoke only to confirm personal information.

Chair of the bench Les Claridge released him on unconditional bail and sent the case for trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 13.