Six men senteced for country-wide scam
15 Apr 2016 16:42 PM[View Full Size]
Police dismantled a country-wide bank fraud scam in which mainly elderly victims were swindled out of thousands of pounds.
Six men were today sentenced at Leeds Crown Court following linked operations by the North East Region Special Operations Unit, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Crime Unit,and the South East Regional organised Crime Unit.
Three men were found guilty of Conspiracy to Defraud, that included:
Joynal Miah aged 29 of Eric Street, Tower Hamlets, London was sentenced to 10 years 6 months.
Juber Alom, aged 31, of Canterbury Close, Becton, London was sentenced to 6 years 6 months.
Kevin Bokanga, aged 22, of Horse Leaze, Beckton, London was sentenced to 5 years.
Three men pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud at an earlier hearing.
Milad Ahmed, aged 21, of Poplar High St, Tower Hamlets, London was sentenced to 11 years.
Sabiry Uddin, aged 23, of Kingswood Rd, Illford, Essex was sentenced to 5 years 6 months.
Mahbub Fahim Aziz, aged 21, of Walden St, Tower Hamlets, London was sentenced to 2 years 6 months.
Detective Sergeant Alan Turner said: "This is an excellent example of being able to work cross-borders with our partners to target those who think they are untouchable by moving around the country to commit crime. By working together we are able to track these criminals down and establish the full-scale of their activity, not just the crimes they commit in one area.
"These offenders are purposely targeting vulnerable people and it is simply unacceptable. I hope this serves as a warning that we are all watching you and we will take action."
Offenders cold called the victims who were often elderly and vulnerable, utilising the telephone networks. They posed as police officers saying they were investigating suspects who had accessed the victims’ bank accounts and had withdrawn large amounts of money.
Utilising mobile phone technology, victims were then convinced their calls had been transferred to their own banks or the Police and the deception continued. Ultimately the victims were manipulated to visit their bank and withdraw significant quantities of cash which was then handed over to a courier who attended the victims home address.
Detectives from the investigations identified 97 victims - 33 of whom lost money totalling more than £220,000.
Detective Inspector Jack Walker, of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Crime Unit, said: "These fraudsters preyed on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities targeting them in a sophisticated criminal network.
"The victims were often isolated and frail but still targeted and if they realised it was a scam some were subject to threats and horrific verbal abuse. The offending covered almost every policing region within the country."