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April 11, 2014

CAWLEY: TEENAGER JAILED OVER FAKE CASH FOR PUPPIES SCAM

HACKNEY A teenager who bought chihuahuas puppies from Gumtree using fake cash has been jailed for nine months. Jonathan Cawley, 19, and a 17-year-old female who cannot be named, responded to adverts from animal lovers looking to sell mutts online. The sellers texted details of where to meet to exchange the pups and were then handed counterfeit cash, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. Katarina Hustava was handed £680 in dud notes after they met on 6 June last year.
  April 10, 2014

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QURESHI: BUSINESSMAN WHO MASTERMINDED £15M BANK CON OVER BANK HOLIDAY IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE TEN YEARS LATER

GLASGOW, LIVERPOOL, MANCHESTER A businessman who masterminded a £15m bank con while staff were enjoying a Bank Holiday break has finally been brought to justice after ten years on the run. Sohail Qureshi, 53, was the brain behind a gang of fraudsters who raided NatWest's accounts by exploited a flaw in the online banking system. They cashing a string of worthless cheques disguised as payments for Nokia mobile phones, then transferred the money straight to an account in Latvia. The bank was in the midst of a takeover by RBS in 2004, and clueless staff only noticed more than £15m had been swiped when they returned to work after the Bank Holiday.
 
April 10, 2014

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COPSEY:CROOKED ACCOUNTANT WAS LOOKING AT FUTURE PROJECTS

MARBLE ARCH, CENTRAL LONDON; DUBLIN; YORK An accountant accused of swindling £1.1m from his neighbours at one of London's most exclusive blocks claimed today (thurs) he was 'looking forward to projects in the future'. Brian Copsey, 60, allegedly blew the cash on his children's school fees while finance director for Bryanston Court Management, a residents' association based in Marble Arch. The New Zealand-born accountant allegedly funnelled the money through various bank accounts before funding his family's 'extravagant lifestyle'. He forged bank documents authorising money paid in service charges by residents at the plush 57-apartment block to be paid to his own companies, bleeding the coffers dry in £100,000 lumps, it is said.
  April 10, 2014

KHAN: DODGY INSURER JAILED FOR GHOST SCAM

BRADFORD A 'ghost broker' who sold bogus car insurance to motorists in restaurants and internet cafes was jailed for one year today (thurs). Atique Khan, 33, ran a £25,000 scam that left 47 drivers with no cover after they were tricked into buying the fake policies. Jailing Khan for 12 months at the Old Bailey, Judge John Bevan said: 'This was an insurance scam which was serious firstly because your victims were left driving without insurance and secondly because the plan you indulged in was to make money for yourself. 'Your victims paid for insurance and ended up uninsured.
 
April 10, 2014

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PERSHAD: CROOKED LAWYER LOSES APPEAL

HAMMERSMITH A high-flying barrister who dodged £600,000 in tax to help fund a lavish lifestyle today lost his appeal against his conviction. Rohan Anthony Pershad, 45, collected millions of pounds in fees from clients 'tax free' and bought a £1m house in Virginia Water, Surrey and another worth £490,000 in Somerset. The QC specialising in criminal negligence claims and personal injury cases, failed to pay VAT for 12 years, the Court of Appeal heard. The leading silk 'disappeared from the radar' to avoid paying VAT between 1999 and 2011.
  April 10, 2014

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CHAPMAN: KPMG DIRECTOR FACING POSSIBLE RETRIAL OVER ALLEGED £45K EXPENSES SCAM

CANARY WHARF A KPMG director accused of claiming £45,000 in false expenses to feed his Betfair gambling habit is facing a possible retrial today (thurs). Management consultant Brian Chapman, 55, was said to be struggling to maintain payments towards his mortgage and 12 credit cards at the time of the alleged con. He was earning a gross annual salary of more than £100,000 but was £90,000 in debt and lost an average of £330 a month gambling, the Old Bailey heard. Chapman, who worked at KPMG's Canary Wharf office, is accused of double, or even triple-claimed, the same items including flights, hotels and mobile phone bills.
 
April 10, 2014

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DORASAT: LAW FIRM OFFICER SPARED JAIL AFTER SWINDLING £105K IN BENEFITS TO FEED GAMBLING ADDICTION

EAST HAM, EAST LONDON A law firm compliance officer who swindled £105,000 in fraudulent benefits to feed his gambling addiction narrowly avoided prison today (Thurs). Nizam Dorasat, 37, filled out benefit application forms for his wife claiming she was a single mother when the pair were indeed living together. The couple claimed income support, housing and council tax benefits as well as tax credits amounting to £105,000 between March 2007 and July 2012. When the couple were investigated by the London Borough of Waltham Forest officers found Dorasat's clothes and grooming products inside the house, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  April 10, 2014

MALIK: CONNING MEDIC WORKED ON HIS SICK LEAVE

BIRMINGHAM An NHS anaesthetist who raked in thousands of pounds from working locum shifts whilst on sick leave is facing a ban from the profession. Dr Nomaan Ali Malik handed sick notes to the Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, stating he was not fit to work in July 2012. But the medic earned £3,500 moonlighting at a Harley Street clinic and the University Hospital Birmingham while signed off unwell from his usual job. He was made subject to a fraud probe, sacked by the Trust for gross misconduct and is now facing professional disciplinary proceedings in Manchester.
 
April 09, 2014

COPSEY:MANSION BLOCK DIRECTOR DENIES £1.1M RAID FROM RESIDENTS

MARBLE ARCH; DUBLIN The director of one of London's most exclusive blocks denied plundering £1.1m from residents and told jurors today (weds) how he invested some of the cash into an Irish mining company. Brian Copsey, 60, allegedly raided refurbishment cash from Bryanston Court Management - a resident's association managing the plush 57-apartment block in Marble Arch - to fund his 'extravagant lifestyle'. Copsey, a chartered accountant, allegedly funnelled the money through various company accounts before handing it to his wife and children. He later claimed he was investing the money on the residents' behalf, but by October 2012 the cash had vanished, Southwark Crown Court heard.
  April 09, 2014

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IBORI:£157MILLION FRAUDSTER MAY NOT HAVE TO REPAY A PENNY

HAMPSTEAD, NORTHWEST LONDON A former Nigerian state governor who defrauded some of the poorest people in the world out of £157m of public funds to live like a king may not have to pay a penny back. James Ibori, 51, is said to have personally pocketed £50m of cash stolen from the west African nation's oil-rich Delta State during his eight-year tenure. The former £5,000-a-year Wickes cashier blew millions on luxury homes, a £12.6m private jet, fees at some of the UK's most expensive boarding schools for his children, first-class travel and exclusive hotels. He owned a £600,000 fleet of armoured Range Rovers, a £120,000 Bentley, and a £340,000 Mercedes Maybach that was shipped direct to his £3.2m mansion in Johannesburg.
 
April 08, 2014

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SOMAIA: BUSINESSMAN CONNED WEALTHY INVESTOR OUT OF £14M AFTER LAVISHING HIM WITH TRIPS, GIFTS AND PARTIES

LONDON A businessman conned a wealthy investor out of £14m after treating him to luxury trips, generous gifts and fabulous parties, the Old Bailey heard today (TUES). Ketan Somaia, 52, gave the impression of being a successful multi-millionaire leading a lavish jet-setting lifestyle, jurors were told. In reality he was a 'confidence trickster on a grand scale' and 'almost shameless in his exploitation' of his victims, it is claimed. He managed to extract a total of 23 million dollars from entrepreneur Murli Mirchandani between June 1999 and May 2000 after promising high returns.
  April 08, 2014

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CYBER GANG LED BY ACID HOUSE KING FACE JAIL FOR BANK PLOT

SWISS COTTAGE, MARYLEBONE, WILLESDEN, NORTHWEST LONDON; MILTON KEYNES, BUCKS; ABBOTS LANGLEY, HERTS A cyber gang led by a former rave promoter dubbed the 'Acid House King' are facing years behind bars today (tues) for plundering £1.25m. The crooks planted a hi-tech computer hacking device in a branch of Barclays to empty high value accounts. The attack was masterminded by Tony Colston-Hayter, who once organising some of Britain's most infamous all-night raves where drugs were peddled to children as young as 12. The 48-year-old, branded the 'Mr Big' of cyber-crime, led a team of crooks who used a keyboard video mouse (KVM) to hijack systems.

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