Steve Mann Caravans, June 2018Steve Mann Caravans, June 2018


Police arrest three people in major fraud probe into family-run motorhome dealership

  • Fraud and money laundering suspected at Steve Mann Caravans
  • Police say there are some 50 victims
  • Three people detained then released but remain under investigation
  • Complexities of case mean inquiries will take a long time

Time 9:27 am, May 2, 2024

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering at Steve Mann Caravans in Harrogate.

Police swooped on Tuesday as part of a major investigation and detained a man aged 65, another aged 38 plus a woman aged 62.

They were subsequently released pending further inquiries, The Yorkshire Post reported the North Yorkshire force as saying.

It’s believed some 50 people have been affected, with a number of them alleged to have been customers of the dealership.

The Post quoted North Yorkshire Police as saying: ‘Three people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering in connection with a caravan business in North Yorkshire.

‘The arrests are part of a complex investigation by North Yorkshire Police into the company. Officers are investigating fraud offences involving around 50 victims.

‘A 38-year-old man, a 62-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering on Tuesday 30 April 2024. They have since been released and remain under investigation.’

The police force added: ‘As is usual with complex investigations of this nature, it is anticipated that inquiries will take a long time to complete.

‘If anyone believes they may be affected by the investigation, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information for reference number 12240018133.’

The caravan and motor home firm is understood to be closed. Car Dealer tried ringing it for a comment, but although a recorded voice gives numbered options for callers, selecting an option is met with a continuous tone.

Steve Mann Caravans, which is run by Mann, wife Alison and their son James, was established in 1991 as a mobile repair business, with a workshop opening in Ilkley in 2007.

Ten years later, it moved to bigger premises in Harrogate some 17 miles away, expanding into second-hand sales.

As a small company it is exempt from audit, but its latest available balance sheet via Companies House shows that for the year ended September 30, 2022, it owed more than £1.5m to creditors while having just £44,873 in net assets.

The Steve Mann Caravans site is pictured at top via Google Street View in June 2018

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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