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January 07, 2016

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HALL: POLICE OFFICER HAD TO USE HER DOMINANT ARM - IT WAS THE ONE SHE USED TO WIPE HER BOTTOM

CANVEY ISLAND A police officer accused of claiming £300,000 for a shoulder injury was filmed using her injured left arm because it was the dominant limb for performing routine tasks, a court heard. Former PC Laura Hall, 31, claimed she suffered a 'life changing' injury when she was dragged along the road by a car while on duty for Essex Police in 2009. She told doctors she had left her unable to wash or dress herself, in too much pain to pick up her child and unable to lift heavy objects. But suspicious insurers had Hall – formerly Simmons – followed and caught her walk her dog and throwing a ball to be fetched, reaching for high shelves in the supermarket, and lifting up her child, the court heard.
  January 06, 2016

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CONSTANTINOU:WOLF OF WALL STREET FIRM WAS NOT SAFE PLACE TO WORK

HAMPSTEAD, NORTH LONDON The City firm run by 'Wolf of Wall Street' playboy financier Anthony Constantinou was not a safe place to work, the Old Bailey heard today (weds). The 34-year-old son of fashion tycoon Aristos Constantinou is accused of groping and kissing female colleagues during booze-fuelled parties at his headquarters in the City of London. One of the alleged victims told the court she quit shortly after Constantinou kissed her and squeezed her bottom in October 2014. She said the alleged attacks 'didn't bother me' but made her feel Constantinou did not care about his company's reputation.
 
January 05, 2016

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CLUGSTON: 15 MONTHS MORE FOR 'CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE'

BRIGHTON A serial conman dubbed 'Champagne Charlie' has been jailed for 15 months for ripping off the boss of a charity founded by Prince Harry. John Clugston, 69, tricked Sentebale's chief executive Cathy Ferrier out of £1,000 after selling her Wimbledon tickets he did not have. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, South Africa to help vulnerable children. He visited the company's offices in Sloane Square offering four coveted Wimbledon tickets, including full hospitality, and Mrs Ferrier handed him £1000. The fraudster claimed he was from fashion retailer Hackett, based in the same building, and said he also had a number of spare tickets.
  January 05, 2016

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HALL: COP CLAIMED A FORTUNE FOR PHANTOM INJURY

CANVEY ISLAND A police officer accused of falsely claiming £300,000 for a shoulder injury suffered on duty was caught out when she was spotted carrying her child in her arms, the Old Bailey heard. Former PC Laura Hall, 31, claimed she suffered a 'life changing' injury when she was dragged along the road by a car while on duty for Essex Police in 2009. She told doctors she had left her unable to wash or dress herself, in too much pain to pick up her child, and unable to lift heavy objects. But suspicious insurers had Hall followed, and caught her walk her dog and throwing a ball to be fetched, reaching for high shelves in the supermarket, and lifting up her child, the court heard.
 
January 04, 2016

URMSON: BUSINESSMAN JAILED FOR £81K CANNABIS SMUGGLING

HEATHROW A businessman who tried to smuggle £81,000 worth of cannabis into the country in his luggage was jailed for more than two years today (mon). Christopher Urmson, 57, aimed to make a handsome fortune after paying £3,000 for the drugs from two men he met in a bar in Mumbai. He was stopped at Heathrow airport after leaving his Swiss Air flight from India last June. His bag was searched and a tape-covered package found, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
  January 04, 2016

AHMED:BANK WORKER WHO FLEECED PENSIONER WALKS FREE

BAYSWATER, WEST LONDON; LEYTON, EAST LONDON A Halifax customer service advisor who forged a pensioner's signature to plunder almost £3,000 from his account to cover his credit card debts escaped jail today (mon). Ikram Ahmed, 30, made 23 transactions in William Smikle's name while working for the bank in Bayswater, west London, between July 2012 and November 2014. Mr Smikle, who has mobility problems, had never even visited Ahmed's branch in Queensway and he finally alerted Halifax to the suspicious withdrawals. He lost £2,850 in the scam but was reimbursed by the bank who have since sacked Ahmed, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
 
December 23, 2015

O'MEARA: BOXER TOLD TO PAY BACK 38K

BIGGLESWADE, GRAYS A professional boxer who helped a gang of drug dealers smuggle £11 million worth of cocaine and ammunition into Britain must pay back £38,500 or serve an 18 months in prison. The haul was stashed on two British Airways flights from Mexico City to London's Heathrow Airport in February and August 2013. Stephen O'Meara, 30, had a glittering career in the ring ahead of him, but was jailed for 13 years in March this year for helping transport 19kg of cocaine. O'Meara, described as 'universally well-liked and courteous,' had previously won English novices title and challenged for Commonwealth titles, was scheduled to fight in the middleweight Commonwealth championship in 2014.
  December 23, 2015

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SOMAIA:TYCOON DUBBED KING CON COULD HAVE TO REPAY £20MILLION

BAYSWATER, SOUTHWEST LONDON A business tycoon dubbed 'King Con' who was snared in one of the largest private prosecutions in British legal history is set to be ordered to repay more than £20million to his victims. Ketan Somaia, 54, is likely to die behind bars after being jailed for eight years in July last year for masterminding a £13.5million scam on investors. The Kenyan-born fraudster wooed his victims with luxury trips on private Learjets, champagne parties, extravagant dinners and expenses paid trips to Dubai, Kenya and South Africa. He boasted about his connections to the billionaire Hinduja brothers while showing off his plush office in Mayfair and a palatial home in the exclusive north London suburb of Hadley Wood.
 
December 23, 2015

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KING:SEASON TICKET SCAM BANKER NOW ON THE DOLE

HASSOCKS, WEST SUSSEX A City banker lost his job and is now claiming benefits after he forged his railway season ticket in a £8,000 scam, a court heard. Simon King, 47, bought an Annual Gold Card from Southern Railway with cash after applying for an interest free loan from his employer Citigroup. Father of three King twice surrendered his card before obtaining two refunds of around £4000 each from the rail company, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard. The £43,000 a year banker from Hassocks, West Sussex, used the crudest forgery in the swindle.
  December 22, 2015

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TRZCIONKA:GAMBLER RAIDED THE BANK ACCOUNT OF DYING MAN

HASTINGS A gambling addict stole thousands of pounds from a man who lay dying in his hospital bed to blow on poker websites, a court heard today (tues). Marcin Trzcionka, 32, took £14,458 from Gerard Campello's online account after stumbling across his details while working as a PA for the victim's boyfriend Kevin Caulfield at their Hammersmith home. He made several transfers between 15 January and 12 February while Mr Campello was in a coma from which he would never recover. Pole Trzcionka turned himself into Belgravia Police Station on 12 February and said: 'I just feel guilty. He was a good friend of mine'. Mr Campello died in hospital the following day.
 
December 21, 2015

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HAYES:FORMER CITY TRADER DUBBED 'RAIN MAN' GETS SENTENCE SLASHED

FLEET, HANTS A former City Trader known as 'Rain Man' who was jailed for rigging Libor interest rates has had his sentence cut to 11 years. Tom Hayes, 35, was originally jailed for 14 years for his role as the 'ringmaster' in one of the world's biggest financial scandals. But appeal court judges decided this should be reduced by three years because of his age, his non-managerial position and his mild Asperger's condition. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with Sir Brian Leveson and Lady Gloster, said in a handed down judgement at the Court of Appeal today (mon) that 'the overall sentence was longer than was necessary to punish the appellant and to deter others.
  December 21, 2015

VALE:LAND BANK FRAUDSTERS FLEECED INVESTORS OUT OF LIFE SAVINGS

SEVENOAKS, CHISLEHURST, KENT Two fraudsters who fleeced investors out of their life savings by promising fantastic returns on patches of worthless land are facing jail. Matthew Vale, 43, and Michael Forte, 53, set up cold-called thousands of people to persuade them to invest in their business Crown Land Securities (CLS) in the £2 million fraud. They hired salesmen Brett Cheesman, 37, James Biggs, 37, Bruno Russo, 37, Warren Hunt, 40, to reel in clients, promising that patches of land around the M25 were ripe for development and would return 800 per cent a year. In reality, the majority of the land for sale had no chance of planning permission, while some of it even straddled the channel tunnel.

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