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January 22, 2015

'ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR' ACCUSED OF £142M FRAUD

PENRHYN, LLANDUDNO, CONWY, MANCHESTER, CHESTER, KINGS LYNN, OMSKIRK, STOCKBRIDGE, HAMPSHIRE A former Ernst & Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year' and five others accused of orchestrating a £142m fraud appeared in court today (thurs). Warrington-based Total Asset Finance Ltd - which collapsed in 2011 - was allegedly at the heart of the conspiracy, with H2O Networks, a company that promised to roll out speedy broadband across the UK using the sewer system. It is said that banks were deceived into issuing massive loans to H2O Networks via Total Asset Finance, after the latter produced fake contracts between H20 and its customers. Elfed Wynn Thomas, 53, George Alexander, 47, Carl Cumiskey, 53, Stephen Dartnell, 58, Kerry Ann Lloyd, 48, Simon Mundy, 48, are all accused of engineering the scam.
  January 22, 2015

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YESUFU:MONEY LAUNDERER FACING JAIL FOR ROMANCE FRAUD

BRISTOL; SHEFFIELD A money launderer who took more than £100,000 from women 'snared by promises of great wealth or love' is facing jail today (thurs). Australian Denise Richards fell victim to a 'romance fraud' after she sent cash to a conman she met on the popular dating website eHarmony. Sufyan Yesufu, 31, received £7,600 belonging to Ms Richards and £96,000 from two American women who were told they needed to pay feed to release huge foreign lottery prizes. Yesufu was today convicted of four money laundering offences at Southwark Crown Court.
 
January 22, 2015

YOUSEFFI:PHARMACIST USED SON'S DISABLED PARKING BADGE

PADDINGTON; CRICKLEWOOD, NORTH LONDON A pharmacist caught wrongly using a disabled parking badge faces will probably never be allowed to work in his profession again, a court heard. Gholamreza Youseffi, 56, used the white disabled sticker to park his Mercedes in the £4.40 an hour bay outside his pharmacy in Paddington, west London last May 7. He usually caught the bus to work but had dropped his disabled son at university and decided not to return the car to the family home because he was due to pick him up later. A parking warden spotted the bogus permit on display in the maximum eight-hour stay spot and Iranian-born Youseffi now faces losing his livilihood as a pharmacist.
  January 22, 2015

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BELL:BENEFIT CHEAT HAD £50,000 NEST EGG

ROMFORD, ESSEX A woman who claimed £33,000 in benefits while sitting on a £50,000 nest egg has avoided jail. Christina Bell, 60, had the windfall after the sale of her father's home in 2009, but carried on claiming benefits, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. She planned to give the sales proceeds of the house to her daughter. She continued claiming for another three years before she was caught in by investigators from the London Borough of Havering and the DWP in 2012.
 
January 21, 2015

BASRA: CARBON CHEATING MADE CROOKS MILLIONAIRES

HORLEY A gang netted £11.7m in just three weeks in a 'very aggressive attack on the tax system of this country', a court heard today (weds). The alleged fraudsters ran a series of companies buying high-value carbon credits before selling them on to legitimate companies. The gang was able to exploit VAT laws and rake in vast sums of cash from the government through a series of rapid fire transactions between the complicit firms. The fraud was so 'vicious' it cost HMRC £500,000 a day before it was stopped, Southwark Crown Court heard. Dhanvinder Basra, 29, Gurmail Dosanjh, 45, Narinder Chada, 31, Sukhan Singh, 34, all deny conspiracy to cheat the public revenue.
  January 19, 2015

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PETERSON: HEDGE FUND MANAGER LEFT INVESTORS £370M OUT OF POCKET

OTHAM, KENT A hedge fund manager who left investors nearly £370million out of pocket after his firm collapsed following the worldwide banking crisis was behind bars today (mon). Magnus Peterson, founder of Weavering Capital, blew 20 percent of his entire Macro fund account 'within a few days' of disastrous trading. Peterson, 51, extracted hundreds of thousands of pounds from his hedge fund 'for his own and his family's benefit.' He forged his relatives's signatures, made dud deals and lied to auditors to prop up his ailing firm, Southwark Crown Court was told.
 
January 19, 2015

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SISSON:BOGUS INVESTMENT BROKERS CONNED PENSIONERS OUT OF £1.2M

KENSINGTON, SOUTHWEST LONDON; KINGSTON UPTON THAMES, SURREY Two bogus investment brokers who conned wealthy pensioners into spending £1.2m on worthless shares were jailed for a total of four years. Mark Sisson, 35, and Alexander Pratt, 29, cold-called vulnerable victims from Spain and persuaded them to hand over their life-savings. Their victims included an 88 year-old man who lost £44,000, a 76 year-old teacher and a 75 year-old bricklayer. Pratt continued to target one investor for more cash to fund his luxury lifestyle after leaving the 'boiler room fraud'.
  January 19, 2015

ANEET:BANK MANAGER SYPHONED £15,000 FROM CUSTOMER'S ACOCUNT

CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX A Barclays Bank business manager is facing jail for syphoning off nearly £15,000 from a customer's account. Vaijawanthi Aneet, 36, pulled off the fraud between May and November last year while working at branches in the City of London. She stole £14,300 from customer William Giles while working at Barclays branches in Fenchurch Street and Holborn. Aneet denied the fraud last year, but changed her plea at Kingston Crown Court.
 
January 19, 2015

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MATTHEWS:SON WHO LEFT ELDERLY MOTHER TO LIVE IN POVERTY FACES JAIL

UPMINSTER, ESSEX; BROOME, SUFFOLK A retired security guard who left his 96-year-old mother living in horrific poverty while he siphoned off her pension money is facing jail. Brian Matthews, 75, neglected mother Winifred who was left to wallow in squalid conditions at her home in Cranham, Upminster - despite being entitled to three pensions. He left her without heating, hot water, electric lighting or even a working toilet. Her toenails had not been cut for so long they were curling into the soles of her feet.
  January 16, 2015

RICHARDSON: CARE HOME MANAGER STRUCK OFF OVER £8K FRAUD

BLACKPOOL A care home manager who cheated an elderly, relative-less resident in a vegetative state out of thousands of pounds has been thrown out of the profession. Elizabeth Richardson, 56, was given power of attorney over the immobile resident's appointee and put £7,946.20 of his money into her own bank account. Rather than safeguarding his interests Richardson kept the money provided by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in her own kitty between June 2011 and October 2012. She insisted she had not provided the DWP with her bank details, but was convicted of fraud by abuse of position at Preston Crown Court, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
 
January 15, 2015

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SALTER: TELLY REPORTER ESCAPES JAIL FOR DOLE FRAUD

SHEPPERTON A television journalist who falsely claimed more than £65,000 in benefits while insisting she was too depressed to work escaped a jail sentence today (Thurs). Ann Salter, 49, a former International Business Times (IBT) reporter, received £30,127.91 in housing benefit, £28,126.90 in income support and £7,224.15 in council tax benefit between 2004 and 2014. But she was caught after posting a showreel online as part of a curriculum vitae for her television and radio work, Guildford Crown Court heard. The showreel described Salter as an 'experienced and glamorous presenter hosting motorsports coverage on Channel 5 and working as an anchor on Setanta Sports News.
  January 15, 2015

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UBANI:WOMANISING FRAUDSTER TO REPAY FRACTION OF £1.3M SWINDLE

ROMFORD, DAGENHAM, ESSEX A womanising fraudster who hijacked the identities of soldiers and nurses in a £1.3 million benefits plot was ordered to repay just £100,000 - or face a further six months in jail. Chibuikem Uzoma-Ubani, 32 corrupted a series of lovers into helping him launder the profits of a swindle targeting tax credits and sure start maternity grants. Denisa Camacho, 31, and Katrina Papiernikova, 30, both had relationships with Uzoma-Ubani, after arriving in the UK from Slovakia and were accused of turning a blind eye to his activities. Camacho married Uzoma-Ubani in 2004, who then divorced her and had two children by Papiernikova.

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