Seven people who carried out a £2million mobile phone fraud have been sentenced.
Speaking after the case, Stephen Rowland, from the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, said:
“These defendants set out to systematically defraud significant sums of money from mobile phone companies, encouraging students to take out contracts as part of the scheme.
“As well as the six-figure sums lost by the companies, their actions caused significant financial hardship to dozens of young people, many of whom were left with severely damaged credit ratings.
“The CPS worked closely with the police from an early stage in order to build a strong case, with the result that six defendants pleaded guilty in the face of the evidence against them and two further defendants were convicted at trial.”
The CPS will now instigate Proceeds of Crime proceedings against the defendants.