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June 25, 2014

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NOAD: QUEEN'S BANKER LAUNDERED FRAUD PROFITS

ORPINGTON, KENT; HALSTEAD, SEVENOAKS A retired banker to the Queen laundered £655,000 of the proceeds from a multi-million pound fraud run by his son, a court heard. Roger Noad, who spent 30 years at the exclusive Coutts firm, allegedly allowed conman Matthew Noad, 29, to funnel £655,000 through his bank accounts over six years. The 60 year-old and his wife Linda Noad, 58, also went on a luxury holiday to Dubai with their son and witnessed his extravagant spending on wines, a new Mercedes and £18,000 worth of jewellery, it is claimed. Matthew Noad was aged 23 and living at home when he launched a cold-calling investment scam with fellow fraudster Clive Griston, now 52.
  June 25, 2014

ONYEACHONAM: 'FRAUD? IT MUST HAVE BEEN THOSE PESKY HACKERS'

CANNING TOWN An alleged conman accused of swindling pensioners out of their life savings told a court his computer was hacked and he 'only talks to girls on Facebook'. Nigerian-born Frank Onyeachonam, 40, duped mainly elderly American victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds in an 'advance fee' scheme, it is said. Letters were sent by a 'lottery agent' telling people they had won a life-changing prize in a foreign lottery and requesting a modest sum to release the funds. Believing they had a stroke of good fortune, victims were hooked into paying fees to release their 'winnings' through an agent who would demand 'activation fees' to release their cash.
 
June 24, 2014

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SHEPHERD: EXTRA FIVE YEARS FOR TOUT WHO REFUSED TO PAY BACK CASH

BLACKHEATH A ticket tout who ripped off thousands of customers including the parents of former double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington was jailed for an extra six years today (TUES) for failing to repay £1.25m. Terence Shepherd, 55, masterminded a £3.7m scam which lured victims into paying for seats at high profile sport and music events via apparently legitimate online ticket shops. The websites promised seats at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as places at summer rock festivals and concerts by stars including Take That and Bon Jovi. But victims were left with no tickets and no refunds after the companies that operated the sites - Xclusive and The Online Ticket Exchange - went bust. Shepherd blew much of his criminal fortune in showering his wife Margaret Canty-Shepherd, 53, and daughters with money.
  June 24, 2014

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PRUANKAEWMANEE: CALL GIRL IN COURT FOR LAUNDERING £1M

WIDNES A Thai call girl accused of laundering £1m stolen by a married Barclays bank worker appeared at the Old Bailey today (TUES). Auchareeya Pruankaewmanee, 43, allegedly accepted a total of £996,999 from convicted fraudster John Skermer over a period of 14 months. Skermer, from Widnes in Cheshire, was jailed for seven years in March after pleading guilty to a £2.1m fraud on his employers. Chester Crown Court heard he spent the money on luxury golfing days, football matches, an Audi 4x4 and wining and dining up to ten prostitutes.
 
June 23, 2014

TOWNSON:NURSE FAKED PRESCRIPTIONS TO OBTAIN PAINKILLERS

SOMERTON, ILCHESTER, SOMERSET A nurse faked patients' prescriptions to obtain powerful painkillers, a tribunal heard today (mon). Helen Townson manipulated computer records at a GP surgery in Somerton, Somerset, to obtain hundreds of codeine-phosphate pills between March 2012 and January 2013. Townson tried covering her tracks by deleting computer files but attracted unwanted attention when pharmacy staff noticed her nervousness while collecting the prescriptions. She escaped a jail sentence after she pleaded guilty to fraud at Yeovil Magistrates' Court in August 2013 after losing her job as a nurse at the surgery.
  June 23, 2014

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OMAR:FAMILY INVOLVED IN DIAMOND STING

EDMONTON, ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON; ELSTREE, HERTS; BUCKHURST HILL, CHIGWELL, ESSEX Four members of the same family accused of raking in millions of pounds selling vastly over-valued diamonds to unwitting punters have appeared at the Old Bailey. Brothers Omar, 34, and Hider Eshpari, 28, and their parents, Safia, 52 and Farouq, 54, appeared in the dock accused of being behind the two-year 'boiler room' style scam. It is alleged the parents laundered the proceeds of the con, which was masterminded by Omar and his brother. Joining them in the dock was a self-styled 'Lord' Rommell Michael Brown, 30, Billy Cosma, 22, Anna Foord, 29, and Anton Howell, 27.
 
June 23, 2014

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MIRZA:GAMBLING ADDICT SPARED JAIL FOR DRIVING LICENCE RIP-OFF

ILFORD, ESSEX A gambling addict who raked in more than £30,000 promising to wipe points off driving licences was spared jail and banned from all betting shops in the UK. Naser Mirza, 25, claimed his brother worked at the DVLA and told punters he could corruptly remove penalty points from driving licences. He had a series of clients demanding clean licences, new paperwork, and even insurance certificates due to his boasts. But Mirza could not back up his claims, his brother did not work at the DVLA, and he would take the upfront fee and vanish, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  June 20, 2014

WEST:FOUR DENY £23MILLION INVESTMENT CON

BISHOP'S STORTFORD, HERTS; FAYGATE, WEST SUSSEX; OSWESTRY, SHROPSHIRE, EDGWARE, NORTHWEST LONDON Four men today (fri) denied involvement in a £23m bio-fuels investment fraud involving Cambodian Jatropha trees. Gary West, 52, James Whale, 38, Stuart Stone, 28 and Fung Fong Wong, 57 are accused of involvement in the scam centred on Sustainable AgroEnergy PLC, Southwark Crown Court heard. Wong, the former financial controller of the firm, West, its former director and Stone, an independent financial adviser, are the first men to be charged under the new UK Bribery Act. All stood in the dock to deny a host of charges at the brief hearing.
 
June 18, 2014

PERSAD:CITY BOSS ACCUSED OF £108,000 CON

HORNCHURCH, ESSEX A City boss accused of cooking the books in a £108,000 swindle has appeared at the Old Bailey. Roshan Persad, 46, was the operations and administration manager at the City of London Corporation at the time of the alleged fraud. He is alleged to have juggled rental payments between customers to pocket £108,015,03. Persad falsified accounts and created false credit notes to cover non-existent payments, it is claimed.
  June 18, 2014

ABDI:ROLEX SPREE FRAUDSTERS FACING JAIL

BIRMINGHAM; LIMEHOUSE, EAST LONDON Two fraudsters who splashed out on a Rolex watch and two iPads in a shopping spree using a borrowed credit card are facing jail. Saeed Abdi, 26, and Sakeriye Muse, 22, bought one luxury timepiece worth £4,500 and shopped for two more in a three-hour tour of central London's exclusive watch shops. They withdrew thousands of Euros from Bureau de Change, each time presenting a credit card belonging to Mustafe Suleiman. When they were finally stopped, Muse was walking down Piccadilly carrying more than 41,000 Euros in cash.
 
June 17, 2014

SHURMUR: CRIMINAL FACING JAIL AGAIN OVER DODGY LAND ROVER DEAL

DAGENHAM A former traffic warden who was jailed for drug dealing while on duty is facing prison again today (TUES) for selling a Land Rover with false documents. Craig Shurmur, 34, served a 36 week prison sentence in 2010 after being filmed by a journalist handing over a bag of skunk cannabis. Two years later he advertised the 4x4 vehicle on Ebay for £15,500 and agreed to meet Barclays banker David Pipe at the Green man Roundabout in Leytonstone, east London. At a second meeting in a car park in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, on 25 June 2012 the pair agreed a price of £13,000.
  June 17, 2014

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BAILEY: BOND PA DENIES STEALING WATCH AND £11K FROM BARBARA BROCCOLI

HANWELL A PA to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli today (tues) denied stealing a designer watch and more than £11,000 to pay off court fines. Darren Bailey, 39, is accused of swiping a luxury Omega watch belonging to Bond makers Eon Productions while working for Ms Broccoli. The Omega brand has been worn by Bond stars Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan since first featuring in 1995's GoldenEye, and was used again in the Bafta-winning Skyfall. Bailey is accused of using his company card issued by Eon to pay £5,000 in court fines and another £564.96 in parking fines, Southwark Crown Court heard.

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