THE former director of an Isle of Wight energy company has appeared in court charged with multiple counts of fraud.

Benjamin John Lansley, 42, of Bowcombe Road, Carisbrooke, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday, where he was charged with six counts of fraud by false representation and two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

Mr Lansley was a director of Wight Energy, a gas and electrical installation firm based in Cowes.

The company was dissolved following liquidation in May 2016.

Mr Lansley was charged with dishonestly attempting to make gains for himself amounting to £9,252.

He was also charged with making false representation that the MCS certificate, which assures customers products are installed to a high standard, was valid.

He did not enter a plea.

Prosecutor Vivian Ducie said: "The prosecution take the view that this is too serious to be heard in the magistrates' court. As such, this case should be sent to the crown court."

The case was adjourned to the Isle of Wight Crown Court on February 25.

Mr Lansley was granted unconditional bail.

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