Fraud­ster who posed as duke jailed for £1.7mn scam

Gulf Times - - BRITAIN -

A con­man who once posed as the Duke of Mal­bor­ough in a ho­tels scam has been jailed for seven years for swin­dling small firms out of £1.7mn. Alexan­der Wood, 36, used phone tech­nol­ogy to trick vic­tims into hand­ing over pri­vate in­for­ma­tion, think­ing they were speak­ing to their bank. Wood, of Cam­den, and ac­com­plice Mo­hamed Azhar splashed out on Rolex watches with prof­its from the scam, Black­fri­ars crown court heard. One com­pany laid off at least 13 staff due to the fraud, and an­other vic­tim had a stroke af­ter his firm was duped out of £1.2mn, the court was told. In 2015, Wood was jailed for three-and-a-half years over huge un­paid bills at five-star ho­tels.

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