The callous couple hid behind a string of mail-drops - otherwise known as accommodation addresses
- stretching from London to Newcastle.
The Aldersons ran ten companies from accommodation addresses
across the country.
The five companies which the men supposedly worked for were also bogus and they had accommodation addresses
so any phone calls or letters were forwarded to the defendants who could then deal with any queries about 'employees' and their salaries.
A senior Customs official said yesterday: "The people involved are using accommodation addresses
in Ulster in a bid to beat the law.
Barker, who has been operating from accommodation addresses
in Weybridge and most recently Surbiton, has already fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority, but his activities could soon be subject to police investigation.
It claims to be based in The Strand, Central London, but you won't find them there - this is a branch of Mail Boxes Etc, a company which rents accommodation addresses
The man was yesterday planning to contact Suffolk trading standards officers, as those duped into placing bets that win are asked to send cheques to what appear to be accommodation addresses
in Newmarket and nearby Exning.
"They have been playing games with their accommodation addresses
and have not replied to any of my letters.
However, the guarantee of no financial risk has proved an empty promise for hundreds who have been duped into sending money to what turn out to be accommodation addresses
where it vanishes after collection.
Angry customers had little chance of tracking down their money, because the scam moved between accommodation addresses
around the world.
However, the guarantee that the venture carries no risk always proves an empty promise, with people in the latest deception conned into sending money to what turns out to be accommodation addresses
, where it vanishes after collection.
"We would like the power to examine the client list of accommodation addresses
at any time.