A couple have appeared in court charged with laundering stolen money.

Charles Ezeala, 36, and Monette Tungala, 38, deny using accounts with overseas transfer service Transferwise and pre-paid card company Advance Payment Solutions to launder cash between July 2018 and January 2019.

Appearing before Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon, Ezeala and Tungala, both of London Road, Reading, pleaded not guilty to money laundering.

Ezeala denied further counts of theft, fraud by false representation and converting criminal property.

He is accused of stealing a letter and money, making a false representation to online clothing firm Asos and retailer Amazon, and "converting" stolen money. The offences are alleged to have been committed between 2016 and 2019.

The couple will stand trial on April 25, 2022, with the case expected to last up to a week.

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