Four men and a woman will stand trial tomorrow accused of plotting to buy gold bullion with money belonging to award-winning comic Ricky Gervais.
They allegedly forged The Office star’s passport before siphoning money from his bank account.
The comedian, who played boss David Brent in the hit BBC 2 series, was one of three said to have been targeted in the sting.
Jobless Kenneth Speight, aged 39, originally from Erith, Kent, but now of no fixed address, and Natwest call centre employee Sharonjeet Snobber, aged 28, of Arthur Shirley Road, Southampton, Hampshire, deny three counts of conspiracy to defraud between February and April last year.
Their three co-defendants, who worked for bullion courier company Express Despatch in Redhill, Surrey, entered similar pleas at an earlier hearing.
They are Mushtaq Javed, aged 43, of Ashdown Drive, Crawley, West Sussex; Craig Reeves, aged 28, West Lodge Cottage, Alton, Hampshire and Harry Peach, aged 57, of Fairfield Walk, Leatherhead, Surrey.
London’s Wood Green Court is expected to hear they were all arrested after £196,000 was wired from the comic’s account.