[F]our men have been sentenced following a large scale fraud operation that spanned over four years and targeted more than 50 victims.
The following three men were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday 27 June 2018 for fraud and money laundering offences:
- Mohammed Naveed Chaudhry (1/9/77) of Brookhill Close, Leeds was sentenced to five years and three months.
- Shaikh Ahmed Rahim (6/9/78) of Bird Hall Road, Cheadle Heath was sentenced to three years and eight months.
- Mohammed Ibrahim Sidat (12/8/54) of High Street, Bolton was sentenced to two years and four months.
- Chaudhry and Sidat pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and Rahim was found guilty after a three week trial.
Today, Wednesday 27 June 2018, Ayub Patel (21/09/67) of Blackburn Street, Blackburn has been sentenced to one year, suspended for two years after pleading guilty to money laundering offences at a previous hearing. He will also have to complete 150 hours of community service.
Chaudhry and his conspirators defrauded over 50 victims from 2011 to 2015 across the North of England.
Chaudhry often claimed to be a solicitor working for the Crown Prosecution Service, using the alias Adam Baksh.
He would also portray himself as someone in a position to sell repossessed residential properties at a reduced rate to numerous victims.
Rahim and Sidat would introduce Chaudhry as a successful businessman or solicitor with genuine schemes that would financially benefit their victims.
The trio would then convince people to hand over their money in the belief that they would become owners of a repossessed home.
The fraudsters also recruited Patel who allowed his business bank account to receive proceeds of frauds.
Patel filtered over £126,000 of fraudulently obtained money through his business bank account.
A Proceeds of Crime Hearing will take place at a later date to recover any funds gained from their criminal enterprise.
Detective Constable Andy Devonshire, of GMP’s Fraud Investigation Team, said: “Chaudhry and his accomplices are incredibly dishonest men who lured in their victims with false identities and empty promises. They took full advantage of people who trusted them and defrauded more than £600,000.
“The fraudsters presented Chaudhry as both an employee of the Crown Prosecution Service and a reputable solicitor – their deception knew no bounds.
“I hope today’s sentences provide some closure to the victims and that they can begin to move on from the stress and upset that these individuals have caused them.
“They now have plenty of time in prison to realise that it wasn’t worth it.”