Man avoids jail term de­spite at­tempt­ing to de­fraud com­pany

Sus­pended sen­tence only for con­victed fraud­ster

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers david.rivers@trin­i­tymir­

A NORTHOLT man was among four peo­ple sen­tenced for at­tempt­ing to de­fraud a hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion out of al­most £450,000.

James McMasters was found guilty of ac­quir­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty and was sen­tenced to one year’s im­pris­on­ment on Thurs­day Septem­ber 22, sus­pended for one year. He was also or­dered to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work.

He was sen­tenced along with Adeshola Dada, who was sen­tenced for five years; Danielle Gillian Brown, who was given a sus­pended sen­tence of nine months; and An­sar Ali, who was given a sus­pended two-year sen­tence.

The court heard Dada, who had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of fraud in 2005, had abused his po­si­tion in the IT depart­ment of Ge­n­e­sis Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to amend the pass­words of two em­ploy­ees.

He then di­verted pay­ments des­tined for gen­uine sup­pli­ers into the ac­count of a com­pany called Fact­wise Lim­ited, which was run by Ali.

The com­pany be­came aware of the scam in June 2011, but man­aged to stop a pay­ment of £290,090, which was due to leave their ac­counts on July 1 that year.

But an ini­tial pay­ment of £138,788 had al­ready been made to Fact­wise, and by the time the fraud was dis­cov­ered some of the money had gone miss­ing.

Records showed that Ali’s com­pany had sub­se­quently trans­ferred sums of around £10,000 into the ac­counts of McMasters and Brown.

Det Con Kris Ma­son, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Thank­fully, the in­ter­nal checks within the com­pany meant they were quickly able to iden­tify this crim­i­nal ac­tion, block the pay­ments and re­port the crime to po­lice.

“This was a com­plex and pro­longed in­ves­ti­ga­tion but I am glad that all four peo­ple in­volved have been dealt with and con­victed through the courts.”

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