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August 19, 2014

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PADDISON: M&S WORKER GRABBED COMPANY CASH

CLAPHAM A Marks and Spencer's office worker who spent more than £11,000 of company cash playing 'credit card roulette' with her friends walked free from court. Admin assistant Bethan Paddison, 26, used her company card for nights out, family treats and trips to the hair stylist at the exclusive department store Selfridges. She also blew nearly £6,500 on personal taxi trips and more than £7,000 on stock transfers before her fraud was discovered. Paddison told bosses that credit card roulette involved her and her friends putting their cards into a pot before picking one out to pay for their night out.
  August 19, 2014

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BISHOP: THE 'DIAMOND DOG' FACING YEARS BEHIND BARS

FELIXSTOWE A crooked gem dealer who conned elderly investors into buying over-priced diamonds with their life savings as part of a £1m fraud is facing jail. John Bishop, 32, cold-called scores of victims from his sales office in sunny Marbella in Spain to promise sky high returns on their money. The year-long scam was masterminded by Bishop's friend Adam Simmons, 28, and was based at the No.1 Gems firm in Hove, East Sussex. One of their victims was a retired police officer who spent £140,000 on coloured stones worth little more than £10,000.
 
August 18, 2014

YASMIN:SCHOOL SECRETARY STOLE PROJECTOR AND IPAD

NORTH WOOLWICH, EAST LONDON; ISLINGTON A school secretary who stole a £1,000 projector and an iPad from classrooms was spared jail on her 21st birthday today (MON). Henna Yasmin was working as admin assistant to deputy head Wendy Quail when she took the equipment and stashed it under her bed at home. She also ordered another three iPads using the account of the Storey Centre School in North Woolwich, east London. Equipment had started to go missing within months of Yasmin's employment in January 2009, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  August 18, 2014

ANEET:BANK MANAGER ACCUSED OF RAIDING CUSTOMER'S ACCOUNT

CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX A Barclays Bank business manager accused of syphoning off nearly £15,000 from a customer's account appeared at the Old Bailey today (mon). Vaijawanthi Aneet, 36, is accused of pulling off the fraud between May and November last year while working at branches in the City of London. She is said to have stolen £14,300 from William Giles while serving customers at branches in Fenchurch Street and Holborn. Aneet appeared in court this morning to deny one charge of fraud by abuse of position that has been levelled against her.
 
August 13, 2014

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SKINNER:FRAUDSTER JAILED FOR FLEECING SMALL BUSINESSES

CROYDON, SOUTH LONDON A fraudster who helped swindle £175,000 from small businesses as part of a 'long firm' fraud was jailed for 18 months today. (WED) Joe Mills-Skinner, 34, destroyed companies which had taken years to build up by selling goods they had supplied on credit on to friends. He would then provide false statements and invoices to creditors when they asked where their supplies had gone. Eleanor Sanderson, prosecuting, said Mills-Skinner targeted small businesses such as firework suppliers and Christmas tree shops while working at Fir Tree Traders in Croydon, south London.
  August 12, 2014

BASSI:JAIL FOR BENEFIT CHEAT WHO AMASSED PROPERTY PORTFOLIO

ILFORD, ESSEX; HARTLEPOOL, CLEVELAND; GRAVESEND, KENT A benefit cheat who fleeced the taxpayer out of nearly £74,000 while running a multi-million pound property empire was jailed for just 12 months. Seema Bassi, 49, claimed she was a jobless single mum to pocket handouts for more than a decade. But she was secretly amassing an impressive property portfolio across Kent and raking in a fortune from tenants, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. Bassi owned 26 homes worth a total of £2.6million, providing her with about £150,000 in rent a year.
 
August 12, 2014

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OGUN:BANK CLERK HELPED FRAUDSTERS FLEECE WEALTHY CUSTOMERS

ACTON, WEST LONDON; WOOLWICH, CATFORD, SOUTHEAST LONDON A Santander bank clerk who helped fraudsters steal nearly £43,000 from the accounts of wealthy customers is facing jail. David Ogun, 27, was offered cash to hand over confidential information to a criminal gang while working at a branch in Acton, west London. The crooks used the details to order a new credit card and PIN for two accounts. Police also found the personal details of a number of ther customers on Ogun when he was arrested.
  August 08, 2014

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HOLLINSHEAD: BUSINESSMAN JAILED FOR LONDON WELSH RUGBY SCAM

OXFORD; CARDIFF; CHELSEA; PUTNEY; CHELSEA A conman who bought London Welsh Rugby Club after claiming he was backed by a Saudi prince was jailed for seven years today. (FRI) Neil Hollinshead, 36, took over the famous Oxford based side after tricking figures from the Rugby Football Union into believing that he had £1.4m sitting in his bank account. London Welsh were on the brink of liquidation when Hollinshead promised an injection of Saudi cash into the recently relegated side. The Dubai based fraudster, who claimed he was backed by Prince Khalid Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, told RFU and London Welsh officials that £1m a year would be ploughed into the club.
 
August 08, 2014

HANMORE: BENEFITS CHEAT SPARED JAIL

COLCHESTER A mother-of-two who pocketed more than £40,000 in benefits when her partner had a £50,000-a-year job as a scaffolder has avoided jail. Mona-Lisa Hanmore, 43, claimed employment support, council and housing benefit and tax credits for herself for three years before being caught. Her partner Gary Short, the father of one of her two children, had lived with the family and provided for them at Hanmore’s flat in Colchester since at least 2011. Simon Gledhill, prosecuting, said: ‘There was evidence that he was living at her address pretty much permanently – correspondence dating back a long way, men’s clothes, toiletries, and he’s thought to be the father of one of her children.’
  August 08, 2014

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PADDISON: M&S WORKER SPENT £11K OF COMPANY CASH PLAYING CREDIT CARD ROULETTE FACES JAIL

CLAPHAM, SOUTHWEST LONDON A Marks and Spencer's office worker who spent more than £11,000 of company cash playing 'credit card roulette' with her friends is facing jail. Admin assistant Bethan Paddison, 26, used her company card for nights out, family treats and trips to the hair stylist at the exclusive department store Selfridges. She also blew nearly £6,500 on personal taxi trips and more than £7,000 on stock transfers before her fraud was discovered. Paddison told bosses that credit card roulette involved her and her friends putting their cards into a pot before picking one out to pay for their night out.
 
August 07, 2014

KENNY: THREE SOLICITORS WILL STAND TRIAL NEXT YEAR AFTER £1M WENT MISSING FROM CLIENT ACCOUNTS

SELSEY, WEST SUSSEX Three solicitors are to stand to trial next year after nearly £1m went missing from client accounts. Simon Kenny, 57, Emma Coates, 44, and Stephen Hiseman, 57, are charged with diverting clients' funds into their own bank accounts. The trio allegedly embezzled £900,000 from CK Solicitors in Selsey, West Sussex, by creating bogus invoices and making fraudulent money transfers. Southwark Crown Court heard the events led to the firm's closure and a major investigation by the Sussex Police major fraud unit.
  August 07, 2014

MIAH:TOWER HAMLETS COUNCILLOR SMEARED LOCAL LABOUR CANDIDATE

TOWER HAMLETS, EAST LONDON A Tower Hamlets councillor smeared local Labour candidates while pretending to belong to their party, the High Court was told today (thurs). Mohammed Mufti Miah allegedly told an elector 'I am Labour' in the run-up to the disputed elections in May 2014. The local politician - for Bromley North - belongs to Tower Hamlets First, the party formed by controversial mayor Lutfur Rahman. Miah allegedly went on to claim his Labour rivals in the poll were unable to speak to English and stated their mayoral candidate, John Biggs, had quit the party '25 years ago'.

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