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April 23, 2014

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HULBERT-THOMAS: LLOYDS BANK CLERKS IN £2M BUG SCAM

OXFORD, MAIDENHEAD, HATFIELD Three Lloyds TSB clerks used a high-tech computer device in a £2million bank scam, the Old Bailey heard today (tues). Tai Hulbert-Thomas, 27, Neil Bautista, 22, and Mawli Thurairajah, 30, made a series of transfers using stolen log-in details while working for Lloyds Banking Group. The alleged conspiracy, totaling £2,036,500, took place from July to September 2012 in Halifax branches in Berkshire and north London, the court was told. They are accused of installing a device on a colleague's computer to steal their private details to make fraudulent transfers. Prosecutor James Thacker said: 'This case is a fraud case, in particular a bank fraud.
  April 22, 2014

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CROOKS JAILED FOR FLEECING PENSIONERS TO FUND LAVISH LIFESTYLES

ORPINGTON, KESTON, KENT; TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS; CULLOMPTON, DEVON; DUMBARTON Two ruthless conmen who cheated pensioners out of £10million to fund their lavish lifestyles were jailed for four years and eight months each today (tues). Matthew Noad, 30, and Clive Griston, 52, took luxury holidays in the Caribbean and dined in swanky restaurants with life savings they had scammed from elderly investors. They cold-called scores of vulnerable victims promising amazing returns if they bought land in Scotland, Devon and Northamptonshire. Investors were told it would rocket in value once it was developed but none of the land was eligible to be built on and their money has never been recovered.
 
April 17, 2014

CHIRE: PHOTOGRAPHER SNAPPED UP BOGUS EXPENSES

HOXTON A fashion photographer took £3,500 worth of free taxi trips across London and fraudulently claimed them on business expenses, a court heard today. (THU) Diana Chire, 27, allegedly invoiced property firm Segro PLC for 65 rides across the capital while she was their administrator. Segro, a property investment and development company, had recruited the part-time model on a temporary basis between December 12 and January 17 this year. Wearing heavy makeup and a dark grey suit in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Chire spoke only to confirm her name and plead guilty to a charge of fraud by abuse of position.
  April 17, 2014

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SPENCE: HOTEL HAMMER HORROR ATTACK ACCUSED IN COURT

CENTRAL LONDON, ALPERTON, ISLINGTON, STROUD GREEN, ENFIELD A man accused of bludgeoning three wealthy tourists in a horrific hammer attack has appeared in court. Philip Spence, 32, allegedly targeted three sisters in their room at the upmarket four-star Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch, central London. One of the alleged victims, Khalood Al Muhairi, 36, has been left with just five per cent brain function and lost her left eye. She suffered life-threatening head and facial injuries and lost a significant amount of blood.
 
April 16, 2014

BAZCAR: FRAUDSTER ORDERED TO PAY BACK MORTGAGE CASH

NEWHAM A finance officer who helped swindle almost £300,000 from one of Britain's poorest councils has been ordered to pay back £31,255 to her former partner. Shirin Bazrcar, 52, helped mother-of-one Kerry Butler, 48, and Peter Nicholson OBE, 58, swindle Newham Borough Council over a seven-year period. Nicholson was in charge of the Youth Offending Team when he arranged luxury holidays to Canada for himself and his relatives at the council's expense. Butler swindled almost £80,000 after submitting false time sheets and invoices for two fictitious employees at her agency, Capability, which provided the council with staff.
  April 16, 2014

DOOLEY: JAIL BECKONS FOR THE CAR INSURANCE FRAUDSTER

ASHTON-UNDER-LYME A fraudster with a taste for flash cars is facing jail for conning young drivers into paying a total of £35,000 for bogus insurance. Alexander Dooley, 30, offered comprehensive cover for only half the normal price through his website 'car insurance 4 me'. He used the proceeds to maintain several luxury vehicles including an Audi, a Maserati and a Ferrari until the scam was exposed in September 2011. Dooley was arrested and charged but went on the run for ten months to avoid facing trial.
 
April 15, 2014

CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE SLAMMED IN HIGH COURT FOR BRINGING 'UNKNOWN' CHARGES

LONDON The Crown Prosecution Service has been slammed by a top judge at the High Court after a man pleaded guilty to charges that were 'unknown in law.' Sir Brian Leveson demanded the Director of Public Prosecutions carry out 'an urgent review of how charging practises could so utterly have failed'. The court heard that Antony Alan White had admitted the 'comparatively common conduct' of repeatedly re-mortgaging a Clerkenwell property, while falsely declaring his level of income. White later admitted four charges of fraud and was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, a term later reduced to two years.
  April 15, 2014

TCHENGUIZ: HITCH FOR BROTHERS IN SFO BATTLE

CENTRAL LONDON Two property tycoons claiming have been hit with a setback in their battle to win £300m from the Serious Fraud Office for a failed fraud investigation. Iranian-British businessmen Robert Tchenguiz, 53, and brother Vincent, 57, were arrested in a dawn raid, ordered by the SFO, as part of a botched probe into the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing. The brothers were released without charge the same day in March 2011, as the investigation slowly collapsed. The high-profile arrests prompted complaints of trespass and false imprisonment from the pair, and Vincent vowed to 'butcher' the SFO in the courts.
 
April 14, 2014

SALESMAN JAILED FOR WOLF IN WALL STREET STYLE BOILER ROOM SCAM

LIMERICK; HASTINGS, EAST SUSSEX A salesman who took part in a Wolf of Wall Street-style boiler room scam which fleeced investors out of more than £4m was jailed for three years today (MON). John Curtin, 38, sold worthless shares for up to four times the agreed value and then siphoned off the profits as part of the scam run by American Brian O'Brien and his British wife Lynne D'Albertson. The married couple, both 60, tricked up to 300 victims into buying the over-priced shares through the sale of worthless stock, in Golden Dynasty Resources and Claim Tracker, over the telephone. The victims included a retired doctor who planned to invest £250,000 he had set aside for charity work in Africa and India after buying huge stakes in the companies.
  April 14, 2014

cnl_e_james_web.jpgHAYLE, PENZANCE, CORNWALL; GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET; WELWYN, HERTS Two directors of a currency exchange firm which collapsed with £20m debts have denied fraudulent trading. Peter Benstead, 71, and Edward James, the ex-Mayor of Glastonbury in Somerset, also deny false accounting after Crown Currency Exchange went bust in 2010. Up to 13,000 people are believed to have lost out when Crown Currency Exchange, one of the biggest of its kind in Britain, went into liquidation with assets of just £3million. It is thought that some individuals forfeited up to £100,000.
 
April 11, 2014

RASHID: MOBILE PHONE HIJACKERS JAILED

SHEFFIELD; WEST NORWOOD; DONCASTER; HIGH WYCOMBE A gang of mobile phone hijackers have been jailed for raking in over £1m by stealing phone numbers to make calls to premium rate numbers they controlled. Waseem Rashid, 26, Kaleem Hussain, 31, Imran Rasab, 35, and Nadeem Ali, 26, took the identities of around 1,500 Vodafone customers. The gang found out customers' names, addresses and dates of birth before duping operators into believing they were genuine punters wanting to change their phone numbers. Vodafone then transferred subscribers' accounts onto the new SIM cards which Rashid and Hussain had stocked at addresses across Yorkshire.
  April 11, 2014

CAWLEY: TEENAGER JAILED OVER FAKE CASH FOR PUPPIES SCAM

HACKNEY A teenager who bought chihuahuas puppies from Gumtree using fake cash has been jailed for nine months. Jonathan Cawley, 19, and a 17-year-old female who cannot be named, responded to adverts from animal lovers looking to sell mutts online. The sellers texted details of where to meet to exchange the pups and were then handed counterfeit cash, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. Katarina Hustava was handed £680 in dud notes after they met on 6 June last year.

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