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Monday, 19 May 2014

Fraudster jailed

A fraudster from Croydon has been jailed today for two and a half years for her part in a travel and smartphone scam.

Neelam Desai was sentenced to 27 months in jail in relation to five counts of fraud by false representation, three counts of handling stolen goods and one count of being an undischarged bankrupt engaging in a business.

A suspended sentence, relating to a previous conviction of fraud in 2010, was also triggered, for which she will serve three months imprisonment and is to be served consecutively.

Police in Croydon were alerted to Desai in 2010, when allegations were made that she had conned holiday makers and travellers out of thousands of pounds through an Internet travel scam.

Desai had been offering heavily discounted flights to customers, but was unable to deliver the tickets for the agreed prices and her 'customers' ended up out of pocket for thousands of pounds.

She then sent her victims false cheques, using an unknowing family-member's cheque book to compensate her victims, but the account was empty and all of the cheques bounced.

Further reports of fraud were made to police dating up until February 2012, with victims making allegations against her in relation to a smartphone scam.

Desai had advertised smartphones for sale on Internet auction websites, but after transferring money into Desai's account, her victims never received the phones.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation, three counts of handling stolen goods and one count of being an undischarged bankrupt engaged in a business.

The seven other counts of fraud by false representation are to lay on file.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:36 pm  

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