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July 15, 2014

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EDGELEY: CASHIER STOLE £150,000 FROM COURTAULD GALLERY

HARINGEY A cashier who stole up to £150,000 from one of the country's leading art galleries was jailed for three years today (weds) after the judge said: 'I love going there.' Daniel Edgley, 38, defrauded the Courtauld Gallery for more than three years to pay off his online gambling debts. Using a 'devious' scheme, the sales assistant voided ticket transactions before keeping the cash for himself at the attraction in London's Somerset House. Following scores of trips to his bank, Edgley managed to gain between £130,000 to £150,000, as unsuspecting visitors browsed works by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Degas.
  July 15, 2014

TREE: BOMB DETECTOR TRIAL HALTED DUE TO JUDGE ILLNESS

DUNSTABLE, BEDS The trial of a married couple accused of making bogus bomb detectors made in their garden shed was halted today (tues) after the judge fell ill. Samuel Tree, 67, and his wife Joan, 62, allegedly sold the fake machines for thousands of pounds each. They claimed that the devices were made in a high security 'laboratory' and could be used to track down drugs, explosives and missing people including Madeleine McCann, it is said. But they were actually just plastic boxes with antennas stuck on top that cost a couple of pounds to build in their back garden, the Old Bailey has heard.
 
July 15, 2014

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NOAD: SHAME FOR THE COUTTS BANKER WHO LAUNDERED A FORTUNE

ORPINGTON, SEVENOAKS A retired banker to the Queen was jailed for three years for laundering part of the proceeds of a £10m fraud run by his son. Roger Noad, who spent 27 years working at Coutts, allowed Matthew Noad, 29, to funnel £655,000 through his bank accounts over six years. The 60 year-old enjoyed the lap of luxury thanks to Matthew's extravagant spending on wines, a new Mercedes, £18,000 worth of jewellery and a family holiday to Dubai. Matthew Noad was aged 23 and living at home when he launched a cold-calling scam with fellow fraudster Clive Griston, now 52.
  July 14, 2014

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TREE:COUPLE CLAIMED BOMB DETECTORS COULD FIND MADDIE MCCANN

DUNSTABLE, BEDS A married couple claimed bogus bomb detectors made in their garden shed could help find missing Madeleine McCann, a court heard today (mon). Samuel Tree, 67, and his wife Joan, 62, sold the fake machines for thousands of pounds each, the Old Bailey was told. They claimed that the devices were made in a high security 'laboratory' and could be used to track down drugs, explosives and even specific people. But they were actually just plastic boxes with antennas stuck on top that cost a couple of pounds to build in their back garden, the court heard.
 
July 14, 2014

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DOOLEY:FERRARI DRIVING FRAUDSTER FLEECED DOZENS OF STUDENTS

ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE, GR MANCHESTER A Ferrari-driving fraudster who conned dozens of students into paying a total of £35,000 for bogus car insurance was jailed for three years today (MON). Alexander Dooley, 30, offered comprehensive cover for only half the normal price through the website www.carinsurance4me.com run from his home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. He paid a teenage student to plug the business among his friends in the 'Kroozin North West' car club and used the proceeds of the scam to maintain luxury vehicles including an Audi, a Maserati and a Ferrari. Dooley was arrested in September 2011 after the students were told by police their insurance certificates were worthless but jumped bail and went on the run for ten months.
  July 14, 2014

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WEBSTER: TOP BLACK LAWYER JAILED FOR DIAMONDS GAMBLE

STREATHAM HILL, SOUTH LONDON One of Britain's top black lawyers was jailed for eight months today (MON) for stealing £75,000 from his clients to prop up his business. Michael Webster, 49, a former chairman of the Black Solicitors Network, funnelled the money into the account of a business associate hoping to make money on diamonds in Ghana. When the deal failed to go through Webster tried to take out a loan to cover the loss but was arrested after discrepancies were spotted by his bookkeeper. Webster's firm Webster Dixon LLP, which made history as the first firm founded by black lawyers in the City of London, was in financial difficulties at the time, the Old Bailey heard.
 
July 14, 2014

MILLET:IT ASSISTANT BOUGHT MOBILES USING LAW FIRM'S FUNDS

HERTFORD An IT assistant at one of Britain's top law firms appeared in court today (mon) accused of buying £11,000 of mobile phones on company funds. Sarah Millet, 37, is accused of engineering the scam during nine months last year while employed by Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, an international firm specialising in commercial law. It is alleged she abused her position as an IT administrative assistant to acquire 239 mobile phones and a computer printer. She is said to have pulled off the con between January 1 and September 18 last year before being arrested and suspended.
  July 14, 2014

SIGIRTMAC:BOOZE WHOLESALER JAILED FOR FLEECING TAXMAN

LEYTONSTONE, EAST LONDON; ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON A drinks wholesaler who fleeced the taxman out of £313,856 in just 12 days after importing huge amounts of lager into the UK from France has been jailed for 12 months. Turk Mehmet Sigirtmac, 37, transported hundreds of pallets of beer to his Alpha Cash and Carry warehouse on the Leytonstone Industrial Village which he did not declare to HMRC. As well as a jail sentence Sigirtmac now also faces the task of repaying £258,213.78 in unpaid duty and VAT to Revenue and Customs. The jury had heard how Sigirtmac bought the goods from warehouses in France using legal means but re-used special import codes as they did not expire for a number of days.
 
July 11, 2014

THOMAS: BAN FOR MOONLIGHTING NURSE

CARDIFF A midwife convicted of cheating the NHS by filling out false time sheets whilst she was moonlighting in another job has been banned from the profession for three months today [FRI]. Gaynor Thomas, 49, formerly a community midwife with the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in south Wales, also admitted failing to carry out standard assessments and keep proper records for her patients. Thomas worked as a lecturer at Cardiff University and shifts at a nursing home, but claimed she was on-call to assist junior midwives in the area between June 2011 and April 2012. She claimed a total of £2,600.71 from the NHS for shifts she hadn’t done, and was convicted of four counts of fraud by false representation by Abergavenny Magistrate’s Court. She was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work, a 12 month community order, and was ordered to pay £2,000 compensation on 16 September 2013.
  July 11, 2014

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EX QUEEN'S BANKER FACES JAIL FOR LAUNDERING SON'S CON CASH

SEVENOAKS A retired banker to the Queen faces jail for laundering £655,000 of the proceeds from a multi-million pound fraud run by his son. Roger Noad, who spent 30 years at the exclusive Coutts firm, allowed his crooked son Matthew Noad, 29, to funnel £655,000 through his bank accounts over six years. The 60 year-old enjoyed the lap of luxury on a holiday to Dubai thanks to Matthew's extravagant spending on wines, a new Mercedes and £18,000 worth of jewellery. Matthew Noad was aged 23 and living at home when he launched a cold-calling investment scam with fellow fraudster Clive Griston, now 52. The pair used glossy brochures to persuade elderly victims to buy land on the basis they would get high returns if it was developed.
 
July 10, 2014

BETA: ROMANIAN LAW STUDENT HELPED GANG FLEECE COMMUTERS AT TUBE STATIONS ACROSS LONDON

COLLIERS WOOD, SOUTH LONDON; THEYDON BOIS, ESSEX; RICKMANSWORTH, HERTS A Romanian law student today (thurs) admitted helping a gang fleece commuters after placing skimming devices on ticket machines at Tube stations across London. Raducu Beta, 24, dropped out of his law course and came to the UK looking for work, it was claimed. After losing his job washing cars he helped a gang by placing the 'skimmers' on tube stations including Colliers Wood in south London, Theydon Bois in Essex and Rickmansworth in Herts. The electronic devices 'skim' the card's details when the owner is using it in a transaction and can hold hundreds of numbers.
  July 10, 2014

THOMAS:EXPENSE FIDDLE MIDWIFE ADMITS LETTING PROFESSION DOWN

CARDIFF, NEWPORT; LEWISHAM, SOUTHEAST LONDON A community midwife who was convicted of fiddling her expenses apologised for her behaviour and admitted she had let down her profession today (thurs). Gaynor Thomas, 49, a former lecturer in midwifery at Cardiff University, pocketed £2,600 dishonestly while working for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in south Wales. The £34,500 a year midwife claimed holiday pay and filled out time sheets claiming to be on call to the NHS when she was working at Millview House and Lodge Care Home for dementia patients in Newbridge. Thomas, then of Sir Charles Crescent, Newport, was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work, a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £2000 compensation by Abergavenny Magistrates' Court last September.

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