London: CRIMESTOPPERS Reveal UK’s Ten Most Wanted Fraudsters

2 Aug

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Details of the top 10 most wanted suspected fraudsters in Britain have been released by the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

Among them is a 48-year-old who allegedly posed as comedian Peter Kay‘s brother, took money from landlords and failed to perform as promised.

Peter Stead allegedly conned Derbyshire pub landlords out of thousands of pounds in 2009 and is accused of offering to put on a comedy night to raise money for the Lewis Mighty Fund .

The charity was established in a bid to raise £300,000 so that a six-year-old cancer patient could be flown to America and receive first-class treatment.

Another on the most wanted list released by Crimestoppers is Nasser Ahmed who police have linked to to an alleged £156m VAT fraud in Bristol.

The 38-year-old absconded during trial and was sentenced to six years in prison in his absence. He is wanted by revenue and customs police.

Timur Mehmet, 38, is wanted in connection with a £25m VAT fraud. Similarly, he absconded before trial and was sentenced in his absence to eight years.

According to Crimestoppers, he has links with north London and is wanted by revenue and customs police.

Misba Uddin is wanted by police for fraud by false representation after he allegedly submitted fraudulent mortgage applications while working as a financial adviser.

Once the mortgages – worth £5.7m – were processed, the 48-year-old is accused of transferring the funds into his own accounts.

Meanwhile Ajayi Seun, 48, charged with conspiracy to money launder, is alleged to have conned mortgage lenders and banks out of more than £12m. He has failed to answer bail.

Nicholas Slocombe, 28, is wanted in connection with reports from dozens of shops and businesses about alleged false claims of collecting for charity.

He was arrested in April on suspicion of more than 30 allegations of fraud by false representation across Shropshire and Herefordshire but failed to answer bail in May. 

Jascent Nakawunde, a 33-year-old woman, is wanted for questioning in connection with an alleged £35,000 fraud in Cardiff between 2007 and 2008.

She was employed as a live-in carer for a woman in her 80s. During this time she is accused of stealing cheques from her which were allegedly paid into false accounts in London.

She is alleged to have used the aliases of Tania Bird and Tracey Bird and is wanted by South Wales Police .

Mohamad Khan, from Waltham Cross in north east London, is accused of using counterfeit credit cards to buy more than £100,000 worth of goods.

The 29-year-old, who shopped in centres such as Bluewater and Lakeside , was arrested and charged but failed to attend crown court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Kevin Leitch, 48, from Liverpool, who is wanted by Devon and Cornwall Police after he allegedly took bookings for a holiday let in Cornwall.

He is accused of accepting payments often worth more than £1,000 but then cancelling the bookings only days beforehand, claiming the property is no longer available.

Finally, an unknown woman is alleged to have falsely obtained a debit card and account details in the name of a legitimate customer from a bank in Bethnal Green, in October 2008.

The electronic transfers were wired to locations across the world and used to buy a number of expensive vehicles, it is claimed. The total amount she is accused of stealing is £650,000.

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Suspected criminals pictured by the Crimestoppers Most Wanted Fraud Campaign

Suspected criminals pictured by the Crimestoppers Most Wanted Fraud Campaign

The faces of some of Britain’s most wanted suspected fraudsters have been published in an effort to bring them to justice.

National charity Crimestoppers said the 10 suspected criminals were allegedly responsible for a total of at least £200 million of fraud.

The list includes a live-in carer suspected of a £35,000 fraud after she allegedly stole cheques from a vulnerable old woman and a man who allegedly posed as an entertainer raising money for a young cancer patient.

Peter Stead, 48, is suspected of conning Derbyshire pub landlords out of thousands of pounds in 2009 after offering to put on a comedy night to raise money for a fund set up to send a young cancer patient to the US for treatment.

Nicholas Slocombe, 28, failed to answer bail after being arrested in April on suspicion of more than 30 allegations of fraud by false representation across Shropshire and Herefordshire. Police said he is wanted in connection with reports from dozens of shops and businesses about alleged false claims of collecting for charity.

Jascent Nakawunde, 33, also known as Tania Bird, is wanted for questioning in connection with an alleged £35,000 fraud in the Cardiff area between 2007 and 2008. She was employed as a live-in carer for an old woman in her 80s and is accused of stealing cheques from her which were allegedly paid into false accounts in the London area.

Nasser Ahmed, 38, is wanted in connection with a £156 million VAT fraud in the Bristol area. He absconded during his trial and was sentenced to six years in his absence.

Crimestoppers said fraud cost the UK an estimated £38 billion last year.

Lord Ashcroft, founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “This is not a victimless crime. Every single one of us is paying higher taxes, bank charges and insurance fees because of fraud. The amount of fraud against the public purse is around £27 billion a year. This is equivalent to 30% of the estimated national education budget for 2011/2012.”

He added: “Serious fraudsters often operate as part of gangs and fraud is just one of their business streams. This can result in the funding of drugs and people trafficking, which causes real harm to many.”

 

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