Former Lings general manager to stand trial next year for allegedly stealing £165,000 from dealer group

  • Former general manager of Lings Motor Group accused of stealing £165,000 from dealer group
  • Daniel Lake, 39, to stand trial in March next year after Covid-related backlog
  • Alleged offences took place between June 2017 and January 2019

Time 11:05 am, December 16, 2021

The former general manager of Lings Motor Group will stand trial next year after he was accused of stealing over £165,000 from the dealer group.

Daniel Lake, 39, was general manager of the Norfolk-based group when he was accused of stealing £165,986 between June 2017 and January 2019.

Accounts published via Companies House show that the firm made an operating profit of £212,886 in 2018 – the only whole year covered by the alleged offending.

Lings has dealerships in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

Lake, of Alcock Drive in Sprowston, denies the charges against him and appeared before Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

During a brief hearing, his trial was pushed back until the new year due to a Covid-related backlog.

He case will now be heard on March 27 next year, with the trial expected to last up to six days.

Recorder Graham Huston apologised to Lake for the long delay in his trial being heard and he will next appear before the court for a case management hearing during the week commencing February 13, 2023.

Lake will remain on unconditional bail until then.

Car Dealer has approached Lings Motor Group for comment.

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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