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May 21, 2014

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EDGLEY: CROOK IN THE ART GALLERY

TOTTENHAM A senior sales assistant who swindled a top London gallery out of £120,000 in ticket sales is facing jail. Daniel Edgley, 38, pocketed punters' cash while working behind the till at the Courtauld Gallery in London's prestigious Somerset House. The gallery, which holds priceless works by Manet, Van Gogh and Picasso, charges up to £6 a ticket. Edgley raked in more than £120,000 from stolen ticket sales between February 3, 2010, and May 28 last year.
  May 21, 2014

ADEDOYIN: JAIL FOR THE BARCLAYCARD FRAUDSTER

DARTFORD, KENT A professional conman who helped swindle Barclaycard customers out of more than £900,000 has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years. Adewumi Adedoyin, 29, made almost daily calls to the bank posing as genuine customers applying for new debit cards. The cards were intercepted and used to withdraw cash and buy goods totalling just over £905,000. Adedoyin became involved in the fraud while on bail for an identical earlier crime and continued after he had been sentenced to a community order.
 
May 21, 2014

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D'SOUZA: 'BUTTONS' THE WITCH DOCTOR TOOK A FORTUNE FROM COLLEAGUE

HAMPSTEAD A 'witch-doctor' nicknamed 'Buttons' took £50,000 from a former colleague who dismissed her shamanism as 'alien' but gave her cash anyway, a court heard. Juliette D'Souza, 59, allegedly swindled 11 vulnerable clients into handing her £1m to cure cancer, terminal illnesses and disabilities. She told victims their cash 'sacrifices' would be hung from a magical tree deep in the Surinamese rainforest by shamans 'Pa' and 'Oma', Blackfriars Crown Court heard. But she blew their life savings on flights, antique furniture and Louis Vuitton handbags, the court has heard.
  May 20, 2014

CROOKED BUILDER TRIED TO FLEECE 89-YEAR-OLD OF 15K

READING A rogue trader who tried to con an 89-year-old pensioner out of £15,000 to repair damage to her house that did not exist has been jailed for 18 months. Adam Rafferty, 26, turned up at Elizabeth Arnold's house to do a minor job for his boss “John” who had called ahead and said they would do the work on her windows for free if they could have an advertising board outside her home. When Rafferty arrived three weeks after the initial call he began the re-patching work under the windows of her home on Woodside Park Road. He then told Ms Arnold she had damp in her walls and it would cost some £15,000 to repair. Rafferty who handed her an invoice and sent her off to the bank to get the money, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
 
May 19, 2014

TAYLOR:GUERNSEY FRAUD DUO APPEAR IN COURT

GUERNSEY; SWANLEY, KENT; LOUGHTON, ESSEX Two businessmen accused of defrauding the States of Guernsey out of £2.6m by forging a letter from a major government contractor appeared in court today (Mon). Adrian Taylor, 44, and John Woodhatch, 57, allegedly faked a letter from Lagan Construction which had won an £80m contract to refurbish Guernsey Airport. The Guernsey Treasury Department received the request, asking them to change the bank account details they held for the company. A single payment of £2.6m was then diverted to a third party bank account on July 6, 2012, Southwark Crown Court heard.
  May 19, 2014

AHMED:ELECTRICIAN CAUGHT WITH STOLEN CARDS LUCKY TO WALK FREE

ILFORD, ESSEX; HOUNSLOW, MIDDSX An electrician was 'lucky' to escape jail after he was caught with other people's debit cards and banking details for a second time. Mubasher Ahmed, 26, was found in possession of bank cards, a passport and various banking documents including PIN numbers when he was stopped by cops on Ley Street, Ilford. Ahmed had previously been caught in possession of a single bank card in connection with fraud in 2010 when he was sent to Winchester Crown Court and given a community order. Luckily bank customers Elizabeth Whittle, David Hackett, Aaron Noel and John Miller, didn't lose any money.
 
May 16, 2014

DIAB: BOGUS CREDIT CARD FRAUDSTERS JAILED

WINDSOR; HEMEL HEMPSTEAD; MAIDA VALE Two fraudsters who were caught red-handed trying to buy expensive watches using counterfeit credit cards were jailed today (FRI). Rafaa AlHawamdh and Mirvat Diab, both 31, were arrested using the bogus cards at Ernest Jones jewellery shops in London and Windsor. The police investigation led to a counterfeiting ring based at a flat in Maida Vale, west London. Three other men, Ali Chalhoub, 28, Ayoub Khatab, 26, and Abbas Faraj, 26, were also arrested as part of the inquiry after being found in possession of fake credit cards.
  May 16, 2014

D'SOUZA: BOGUS WITCHDOCTOR BOASTED SHE KNEW SIMON COWELL

HAMPSTEAD A bogus witch-doctor who swindled £1m to 'heal' clients told a young singer she could introduce him to Simon Cowell, a court heard today (Thurs). Juliette D'Souza, 59, splurged the cash intended for 'sacrifices' on jewellery, perfume, antique furniture and handbags Blackfriars Crown Court heard. The self-proclaimed 'shaman' took hundreds of thousands of pounds from opera singer Sylvia Eaves, it is claimed She met her pupil Paul Ali in Ms Eaves' north London flat.
 
May 16, 2014

BHATTI: ACCOUNTANT STOLE FROM KID'S CHARITY

STRATHAVEN A Pakistani accountancy student who stole £667,000 from government departments and a children's charity in a cheque fraud has been jailed for three years. Muhammad Bhatti, 27, opened 31 bank accounts which were used to divert funds from dozens of stolen cheques into his own pocket. He claimed to be fully qualified when he opened a client account with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Despite having no proof of his alleged credentials the bank did not question his authenticity and he was able to set up accounts posing as various companies and organisations.
  May 16, 2014

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HOPE: ACCUSED FRAUDSTER'S CHAMPAGNE FOR STAR

CENTRAL LONDON A City fraudster bought pop star Rihanna a bottle of Cristal champagne as part of his £65,113 bar bil when she performed at his favourite Mayfair nightclub, a court heard. Alex Hope, 25, allegedly used investors' cash to treat the Umbrella singer to a three-litre bottle of the bubbly, worth £4,500, after securing a table next to the star. Hope used punters' funds as his 'personal piggy bank' and blew £125,000 on a single Nebuchadnezzar 15-litre bottle of champagne during another night out, Southwark Crown Court heard. He then frittered away almost £1m in casinos and racked up bar bills of £500,000 at exclusive nightclubs in London and Dubai after reinventing himself as a Forex trader.
 
May 15, 2014

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D'SOUZA:WITCH DOCTOR TOOK £57,000 AWAY IN CARRIER BAG

HAMPSTEAD, NORTH LONDON A 'witch-doctor' swindled a pensioner out of £57,000 cash for a bogus customs fine and carried the cash home in a Sainsburys carrier bag, a court heard today (Thurs). Juliette D'Souza, 59, conned eleven dupes out of £1m by claiming she could cure terminal illnesses, it is claimed. But the self-proclaimed 'shaman' splurged the money on jewellery, antique furniture and handbags Blackfriars Crown Court heard. In one con, D'Souza claimed she needed £57,000 in cash to pay off Customs and Excise officials at Heathrow who had impounded £485,000 belonging to victim Sylvia Eaves, it was said.
  May 15, 2014

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HULBERT-THOMAS: BANK BUGGER'S MAFIA LINKS

MAIDENHEAD, HARROW A bank clerk claims he was recruited by the 'Russian mafia' to take part in a £2million Lloyds TSB scam, a court heard today (thurs). Bank worker Tai Hulbert-Thomas, 27, admits taking part in the fraud but claims he was blackmailed by a gang who threatened to kidnap his girlfriend and his family. In September 2012 a total of £627,500 in bogus payments was made to customers at the Halifax branch in Newbury. Hulbert-Thomas allegedly made the fraudulent payments after installing a device to harvest his colleague's log-in details.

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