Re­al­ity star’s dad jailed for ‘vish­ing’ con

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THE con­man fa­ther of a star of Chan­nel 4’s re­al­ity se­ries Coach Trip was one of seven peo­ple im­pris­oned on Fri­day (Septem­ber 15) af­ter laun­der­ing nearly £500,000 stolen from elderly vic­tims.

Neil New­bury, 60, of Deb­den Close, Kingston, was sen­tenced to six years in prison at the Old Bai­ley , while Shah Hus­sain-Ali, 45, of St John’s Place, Tower Ham­lets, and Moinul Hos­sain, 41, of Nigel Road, Ne­wham, re­ceived sen­tences of four years each for their part in the ‘voice fish­ing’ or ‘vish­ing’ scam.

Four other mem­bers of the gang – David Page, 60, of Tower Place, War­ling­ham; Peter Kawuma, 25, of Elm­ley Street, Green­wich; Swa­he­lin Chowd­hury, 39, of How­ell Court, Clyne Place; and Monir Hus­sain, 25, of Moul­sham Street, Chelms­ford – had all pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to money laun­der­ing. They re­ceived sen­tences of be­tween eight months and seven years.

The gang con­vinced four elderly peo­ple to trans­fer a to­tal of £1.28mil­lion to bank ac­counts they told their vic­tims were po­lice ‘hold­ing ac­counts’, or to hand over cash to ‘po­lice couri­ers’ sent to their doorsteps. New­bury and the other de­fen­dants were con­victed of laun­der­ing around £430,000.

The fraud­sters posed as a ‘De­tec­tive Sergeant Roy Mar­shall’, telling vic­tims their bank ac­counts were be­ing tar­geted by crim­i­nals and per­suad­ing them to trans­fer their money to stop it fall­ing into the wrong hands.

One per­son lost £288,000 – their life sav­ings – af­ter be­ing called by ‘DS Mar­shall’.

Robert Hutchin­son, the re­view­ing lawyer for the Lon­don Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS), said: “Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als were part of a so­phis­ti­cated net­work dis­tribut­ing and dis­si­pat­ing money stolen from ‘vish­ing’ vic­tims.

“They were a trusted part of the scam and al­lowed large sums of money to move through their ac­counts to en­sure that there would be profit from the fraud.

“Th­ese ver­dicts and early guilty pleas fol­low a strong case in­volv­ing care­ful anal­y­sis of bank ac­counts and text mes­sages be­tween the de­fen­dants. The CPS will now con­tinue with steps to re­cover the crim­i­nal as­sets of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.”

New­bury’s son Jack New­bury, of Wok­ing, was also ac­cused of agree­ing to safe­guard £20,000 of the stolen money four months af­ter he fin­ished as a run­ner-up in the 11th se­ries of Coach Trip. He was cleared along with his sis­ter Char­lotte af­ter they both de­nied in­volve­ment in the scam.

Page was jailed for seven years, Kawuma was sen­tenced to 15 months’ im­pris­on­ment, Chowd­hury was given 12 months and Hus­sain was given eight months.

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