Charges against ex-Hearts chief dropped

Leslie Deans. Picture: TSPL
Leslie Deans. Picture: TSPL
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MONEY-LAUNDERING charges against a former Hearts chairman have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Solicitor Leslie Deans was one of seven people reported in connection with a fraud inquiry in 2013.

Police passed a file with their findings to the procurator fiscal. But, after three years, the Crown Office have decided there will be no criminal prosecution.

Mr Deans, 65, was a chairman of Hearts in the late 1990s.

It is understood that his arrest was not related to the club.

Mr Deans operates a chain of estate agents across Edinburgh, with branches in Newington, Corstorphine and South Queensferry.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “After a full investigation, and following careful consideration by Crown Counsel, it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence to raise criminal proceedings at this time.”