A Birmingham man jointly accused of hacking into a Japanese bank's computer system and attempting to steal £220 million appeared in court yesterday.
Kevin O'Donoghue, 33, along with David Nash, 47, and Bernard Davies, 73, is said to have targeted the London offices of the Sumitomo Matsui Banking Corporation.
O'Donoghue, of Minstead Road, Birmingham, is charged with conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to transfer criminal property and conspiracy to remove criminal property from England and Wales, between January 1 and October 5, 2004.
Facing the same charges are Nash, of Shelby Road, Durrington, West Sussex, Davies, of Rydens Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and Rodley, of (Tudor Manor), Church End, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
Hugh Rodley, 60, is also accused of involvement in the plot but failed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court after he was taken to Cheltenham Hospital with a suspected heart attack yesterday.
All four are yet to enter pleas.
Two Belgian men, Gilles Poelvoorde and Jan Van Osselaer, also face extradition to Britain for their alleged roles.
Prosecutor Richard Probert-Wood said: "Van Osselaer has lost his final appeal against extradition here and is due to be here in two to three weeks. Poelvoorde is facing other separate proceedings in Belgium - the position is more problematic.
"The European arrest warrant has been served and he reappears in Ghent on the 7th of April."
The alleged plan to transfer vast amounts of cash electronically from the bank to 10 accounts around the world is said to have been uncovered just before any money was moved.
Judge Martyn Zeidman QC adjourned the case until May 30.