Ex-IFA pleads not guilty to fraud and forgery charges

Martin Rigney, a former financial adviser, has pleaded not guilty to fraud and forgery charges at Derby Crown Court.

Mr Rigney, who was director of Derbyshire-based Topps Rogers Financial Management, appeared at the court on 4 March where he was charged on eight counts of fraud and 11 of forgery.

All the offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2003 and January 2012.

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The 66-year-old of Rivelin Valley, Sheffield, is alleged to have created false signatures on investment forms and transferred money to funds on behalf of his clients without authorisation and made fund switches into units of the Curzon Capital investment, Poland Geared Growth fund, for himself.

A trial, due to last four weeks, has been set for 24 April next year at Derby Crown Court. A court official said this was when all parties would be available.

Mr Rigney has been released on bail.