Warn­ing: fraud­ster on loose

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY LEON SY­MONS

A WARN­ING has been is­sued to ev­ery min­is­ter in the United Syn­a­gogue to be on their guard in case a con­victed con­man turns up on their doorstep.

The warn­ing was sent out a day af­ter the man, 40-year-old Bradley Sil­ver, was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence af­ter he ad­mit­ted three charges re­lat­ing to forged cheques.

Sil­ver, of Wood­side Park, North Lon­don, faced five charges when he ap­peared at Wood Green Crown Court last Thurs­day. He pleaded guilty to two counts of dis­hon­estly mak­ing false rep­re­sen­ta­tions — forg­ing cheques — and one of pos­sess­ing a con­trolled ar­ti­cle for use in fraud. Two other charges re­lat­ing to cheque­forgery were al­lowed to re­main on file.

Sil­ver was sen­tenced to a to­tal of nine months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for two years; a 12-month su­per­vi­sion or­der; a re­quire­ment to at­tend a “Think First” Home Of­fice pro­gramme for per­sis­tent of­fend­ers; and or­dered to pay £4,000 com­pen­sa­tion and £175 prose­cu­tion costs within 21 days.

Rabbi Ju­lian Shindler, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Rab­bini­cal Coun­cil of the United Syn­a­gogue, said: “As a re­sult of in­for­ma­tion that came here, I brought this to the at­ten­tion of my col­leagues. I sent a mes­sage that they should sim­ply be on their guard if this per­son ap­pears in their com­mu­nity.”

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