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September 09, 2014

CHADWICK:SUICIDAL BOMB HOAXER BROUGHT DLR TO HALT

CANNING TOWN, EAST LONDON A suicidal bomb hoaxer who brought the DLR to a halt and caused his neighbours' homes to be evacuated has been jailed for eight months. Vincent Chadwick, 49, hid in his attic after threatening to kill his partner prompting her to call police. When officers arrived at his home in (6) Hanameel Street, Canning Town, at 6pm on July 12 and told him to come down he refused to leave his loft and said: 'It will take more than three of you'. Peter Nugent, prosecuting, said: 'He then held what appeared to be three canisters taped together with black tape through the hatch and said 'This could go bang, couldn't it?'.'
  September 08, 2014

NTEGE:JURY SWORN IN TO TRY SHAM MARRIAGE VICAR

SOUTHWARK, THORNTON HEATH, LEWISHAM, SOUTH LONDON; ENFIELD, NORTH LONDON A jury was today (mon) sworn in to try a vicar accused of conducting the most sham marriages in British legal history as part of an illegal immigration ring. The Reverend Nathan Ntege, 55, is said to have presided over 492 weddings over a 15-month period. The pastor, originally from Uganda but now living in Croydon, appeared in the dock with Brian Miller, 81, a verger at the church, Maudlyn Riviere, 67, Galina Petkova, 51, Georgia Forteath, 34, Innocent Odoh, 34, and Angela Pelachie, 54. Potential jurors were asked if they had any connection with the UK Border Agency, Diocese of Southwark, St Jude's with St Aiden's church in Thornton Heath or St John's church in Waterloo before the jury of six men and six women was sworn.
 
September 08, 2014

KANVAL:LEGAL ASSISTANT JAILED FOR RIPPING OFF TOP LAW FIRM

HANWELL, SOUTHALL, WEST LONDON A legal assistant who propped up his friend's ailing business with £86,000 pilfered from top law firm Linklaters was jailed for 12 months today (mon). Raza Kanval, 36, abused his position as supervisor of legal services at the London-based firm to pay Karim Rashid, 30, twice for the work he had done. Kanval, an employee at Linklaters for more than a decade, photocopied a string of signed invoices to help out Rashid's firm DK Dimensions Ltd when it ran into financial difficulties. But Rashid then frittered away the money on socialising and a gambling habit, the Old Bailey heard.
  September 04, 2014

OKUNLOLA:NURSES PROVIDED FALSE JOB REFERENCES FOR FRIENDS

DARTFORD, KENT Two nurses provided fraudulent employment references for family and friends, a tribunal heard today (thurs). Akinyemi Okunlola and Akinola Kuforiji produced false references for seven acquaintances, claiming they previously worked at the Bracton Centre, Dartford, Kent. Okunlola even produced a false reference for his wife on 23 January 2013 - before claiming she was his uncle's spouse when investigated by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The two nurses provided tried securing jobs for their acquaintes with Allied Health Group, Reed Recruitment Agency and NHS Professionals, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
 
September 04, 2014

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HEROD:MAN TRIED TO SMUGGLED KNIFE INTO PARLIAMENT

DIDCOT, OXFORDSHIRE A man attempted to smuggle a knife and identification documents for a bogus finance organisation into parliament, a court heard today (THURS). Peter Herod, 61, was allegedly caught with a photocard for the Office of International Treasury Control - a suspected fraudulent organisation. The homepage for the OITC boasts it is 'financing the future with new horizons in financing' and claims to be chartered by the United Nations. Herod was also carrying a lock knife when he entered the Palace of Westminster buildings on 17 June this year, it is said.
  September 04, 2014

JANIS SARGESON: TEACHER CONNED 14K OF SICK PAY

WARRINGTON A teacher who swindled a school out of £14,000-worth of sick pay was suspended for two years today (Weds). Janis Sargeson provided forged doctors' notes to cover 152 days worth of sick leave at Penketh High School, Warrington, Cheshire. Sargeson conned the secondary school for £13.791.81 between 15 June 2012 and November 2013, the National College for Training and Leadership heard. The school's headteacher became suspicious of Sargeson when she noticed that the doctors' notes provided were all stamped with electronic signatures.
 
September 04, 2014

JEWEL ISLAM: CANDIDATE HAD PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

MILE END A Conservative candidate in the local elections accepted his nomination fraudulently because he failed to disclose his previous conviction, a court heard. Jewel Islam, 38, was given an 18 sentence suspended for two years on 19 August 2013, but he failed to mention it when he accepted his nomination to run as a councillor for the Mile End Ward of Tower Hamlets. Local election rules exclude those with criminal convictions for which the received three months or more in prison. Islam has three criminal convictions, and has twice been handed suspended terms of imprisonment – once in 2013 and again in 2010, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  September 04, 2014

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HENDERSON:AID CHARITY FOUNDER ACCUSED OF FRAUD

DORSET; CORNWALL The founder of an international aid charity fronted by the Duchess of Cornwall appeared in court today (thurs) accused of defrauding the organisation. Thomas Henderson, 63, the chief executive officer of ShelterBox, is charged with carrying out a five year fraud on the disaster relief charity between 2007 and 2012. He also tried to steal 1,000 tents from the non-profit organisation, which provides emergency shelter and supplies to communities hit by humanitarian crisis. Henderson founded the Cornwall-based charity in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2010 for his work.
 
September 04, 2014

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CHAPMAN:'I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT ADMIN' SAYS EXEC CLEARED OF SWINDLE

GLASGOW A finance boss who mistakenly claimed nearly £45,000 in expenses has been cleared of fraud after he explained: 'Admin is not my strong suit.' Brian Chapman, 55, a management consultant at KPMG, was sacked from his £104,000 a year job after bosses discovered the mistake in 2012. He had double-claimed or even triple-claimed for international flights, luxury hotels and mobile phone bills over a five-year period. Chapman, who lives with his wife in Scotland but worked in London, admitted he had made false claims during his police interview in December 2012.
  September 04, 2014

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OSAIGBOVO:BUSINESSMAN LAUNDERED LONELY HEARTS SCAM CASH

DARTFORD, KENT A Nigerian businessman is facing jail for laundering profits from a worldwide internet dating scam. Osaro Osaigbovo, 39, helped to launder nearly £194,000 after lonely hearts across Europe and the United States were fleeced by fraudsters posing as lovestruck singletons. Gang members targeted subscribers to 'Match' and Adult Friend Finder and requested wire transfers after courting them for several months and building a bogus online relationship. The fraudsters would pose as doctors and solicitors and ask for large sums of cash to help with travel expenses or family affairs, Southwark Crown Court heard.
 
September 03, 2014

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ALAN CRICKMORE: CROOKED CORONER WILL ESCAPE WITH A FORTUNE

GLOUCESTER A crooked coroner who plundered £2m from the estates of the dead may have to repay just a fraction of his ill gotten gains, a court heard today (weds). Alan Crickmore, 58, embarked on a chronic 13-year campaign of deceit in a frenzied attempt to balance the books at his law firm. The shamed Gloucestershire coroner also duped trustees who were clueless about financial matters, including a World War Two veteran. Crickmore even resorted to taking out a bogus mortgage on a home in Stiffkey, Norfolk, after being ordered to repay £212,000 stolen from trustee Judith Lorman, following a high court judgement.
  September 03, 2014

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KANSARA: BARCLAYS BANK CLERK TO STAND TRIAL OVER £60K SCAM

WEMBLEY A Barclays bank clerk accused of siphoning £60,000 from customers' accounts has been ordered to stand trial in December. Personal banker Amit Kansara, 37, allegedly hacked into two accounts and made seven unauthorised payments totalling £59,980 at the Wembley branch where he worked. He also changed customer details on another three accounts during the three-month scam last year. Kansara pleaded not guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position between January and March 2013 when he appeared at the Old Bailey today (weds).

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