Reality star’s dad jailed for ‘vishing’ con
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.