On Friday 1 December at Hull Crown Court Amanul Islam, Mizan Ali, Abdul Ali, Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammed Miah, Ruhin Khan, Ali Nuruddin, Junaid Patwary and Abu Kaher were sentenced to a total of 31 years and two months for their part in a heartless and elaborate fraud.
Nuruddin was also sentenced to a further 15 months in prison for a similar offence committed in May 2017 in Hertfordshire.
In June 2015 the defendants operated as a team, targeting elderly people in the Humberside area. The fraudsters would contact their victims by phone, pretending to be police officers and alleging that criminal activity was taking place on their bank accounts or at their bank branch. Having obtained their trust, the victims were persuaded to hand over large amounts of cash, often their life’s savings.
Six victims lost £39,500 and the attempted to take a further £84,150 from eleven people. The police investigation revealed that hundreds of phone numbers had been unsuccessfully called. Had all these attempted frauds been successful, the total loss would have been about £112,000.
Helen Wheatley from the CPS said:
“This was a heartless, elaborate and sophisticated fraud, in which the defendants targeted elderly people aged between 72 and 94 in the Humberside area, in some cases defrauding them of their life’s savings. It was a systematically planned and highly organised operation.
“By posing as police officers, they cynically exploited the victims’ trust and conned them into handing over thousands of pounds. Sadly the losses have not only been financial. All of the victims have suffered emotionally as a result of the fraud and unfortunately three have since died without knowing what the outcome of this case would be.
“The CPS worked closely with West Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police during a complex investigation which lasted two and a half years.
“We were able to provide ongoing advice as the investigation broadened from the initial arrest of two defendants for one fraud into the building of the current case, with nine defendants being sentenced for their parts in a widespread conspiracy, eight of whom pleaded guilty in the face of the overwhelming evidence against them.
“I hope the sentences handed down will be of some comfort to the victims and their families.”
Notes to editors
Helen Wheatley is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
The defendants were sentenced as follows:
Amanul Islam: Three years
Mizan Ali: Eight months
Abdul Ali: Three years seven months
Tanvir Ahmed: Four years
Mohammed Miah: Four years
Ruhin Khan: Three years seven months
Ali Nuruddin: Four years plus 15 months consecutively for a similar offence committed on 10 May 2017 in Hertfordshire whilst on bail.
Junaid Patwary: Four years
Found guilty after trial
Abu Kaher: Five years
Found not guilty after trial