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Fraud gang ordered to pay £4.3m

Four women and seven men convicted for their involvement in fraud in Stoke-on-Trent have been ordered to pay over £4.3 million.

The eleven were jailed in April 2016 and October 2016 for a combined total of over 56 years, following a three year investigation. 

This week detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Fraud and Investigation Unit brought successful Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings against them at Birmingham Crown Court.

Cash generated from these hearings is used to benefit local communities.

Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann said: “We welcome the results of the POCA hearings ordering criminals to pay back £4,375,855.

"Staffordshire Police continues to robustly strip criminals of their assets, working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to demonstrate that crime really doesn’t pay.

“We also believe there is a strong link between hitting offenders in the pocket and cutting crime. We will continue to hit offenders where it hurts.

“Anyone with information about people making an unfair living from crime is urged to ring us on 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

Details of hearing:

  • Mehboob Akhtar, known as Saint Pirwali Pandariman, 61, of Hartwell Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £1,863,504.16. If it is not paid the default sentence is eight years. Akhtar was found guilty of cheating the Revenue, four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, three counts of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception and conspiracy to make an article for use in fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
  • Khadija Akhtar, 56, of Hartwell Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £949,230.89. If is not paid the default sentence is six and a half years. Akhtar was found guilty of cheating the Revenue, entering into an arrangement to facilitate the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property, and two counts of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. She was sentenced to four years and three months.
  • Rushbamani Akhtar, 30, of Hartwell Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £237,000. If it is not paid the default sentence is two and half years. Akhtar was found guilty of entering into an arrangement to facilitate the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property and conspiracy to commit fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. She was sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment.
  • Mohammed Zabbir Hussain, 48, of Castleton Road, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £1,152,400. If it is not paid the default sentence is eight years. Hussain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, three counts of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
  • Alfan Ali Razak, 40, of Farman Close, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £20,000. If it is not paid the default sentence is three months. Razak was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to make an article for use in fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
  •  Abdul Wahab, 54, of Cottage Close, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £22,694.31. If it is not paid the default sentence is nine months. Wahab was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
  • Naquat Akhtar, 42, of Cottage Close, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £89,102.87. If it is not paid the default sentence is nine months. Akhtar was found guilty of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception, conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to make an article for use in fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. She was sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment.
  • Mohammed Gaffar, 41, of St George’s Road, Preston, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £11,328.70. If it is not paid the default sentence is seven months. Gaffar was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to make an article for use in fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
  • Carla Parrish, 50, of Church Road, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £9,000. If it is not paid the default sentence is one month. Parrish was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
  • Graham Lockstone, 50, of Wrington Lane, Congresbury, Bristol, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £8,595. If it is not paid the default sentence is six months. Lockstone was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud and making articles for use in fraud at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2016. He was sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment.
  • Michael Collins, 32, of Leigh Road in West Houghton, Bolton, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where a confiscation order was made for £13,000. If it is not paid the default sentence is seven months. Collins was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud and production of fraudulent documents at Birmingham Crown Court in October 2016. He was sentenced to four years and three months.

 

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