Con­man jailed for three years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News Brief - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

A CON­MAN who stole £23,000 in a se­ries of frauds across the coun­try has started a three-year term be­hind bars.

Fahim Al Ishaq (29), of Fen­gate, Peter­bor­ough, was found guilty of five counts of fraud and one of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court yes­ter­day.

The court had heard that he stole credit card de­tails from three in­di­vid­u­als and used £9,000 to pay for saris, mo­bile phone re­pairs and plane tick­ets to Bangladesh, where he works as a TV pre­sen­ter.

He also conned a Lu­ton man out of £14,000 af­ter Al Ishaq said he could help cut a £35,000 debt.

Judge Sean En­right gave a three­year prison sen­tence to Bangladeshi na­tional Al Ishaq, who has 118 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for sim­i­lar of­fences. His mother sobbed in the pub­lic gallery as he was led to the cells.

The first vic­tim in his lat­est spree in Fe­bru­ary 2009 was Kausar Ahmed, from Devon, who no­ticed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity on his bank card in De­cem­ber 2008.

He was called by some­one claim­ing to be from the credit fraud depart­ment in early 2009, who asked him to send his card and Per­sonal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (PIN) to Al Ishaq’s home ad­dress, so they could be made “more se­cure”.

His card was used to buy £2,600 of saris from a shop in Le­ices­ter, plus £290 on mo­bile phone re­pairs and dig­i­tal photo frames.

The court also heard that Al Ishaq used the credit card de­tails of Omar Faruk, who lives in Scot­land, to buy £2,400 of saris from the same shop and spent £50 on a taxi to trans­port them to Peter­bor­ough.

He also used the card of his third vic­tim, Ab­dul Mus­lim, to buy a £3,589 re­turn plane ticket to Bangladesh.

The court heard that in April 2009, Al Ishaq stole £14,000 from Sheraz Ud­din, from Lu­ton. Mr Ud­din had loaned his cousin Jalal Ahmed the money to give to Al Ishaq, who claimed he could re­duce Mr Ahmed’s £35,000 debt.

He was asked to send fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments, as well as £14,000. Those doc­u­ments were found in Al Ishaq’s house when he was ar­rested in July 2009.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge En­right said: “This was sus­tained dis­hon­esty. You tar­geted any­one you could.

“The fi­nal count was par­tic­u­larly mean as you tar­geted a man in heavy debt. He was a man who is not very bright and you fooled him into giv­ing you thou­sands of pounds.”

For each of the frauds to buy saris, Al Ishaq was jailed for 18 months. For the taxi fare, he got one month and for the mo­bile phone re­pairs, two months.

For the air­line tick­ets he was jailed for one year and for pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, got three years. Two sus­pended sen­tences were also ac­ti­vated – a six-month sen­tence from Au­gust 2006 for theft and a 26week from April 2009 for mak­ing a false rep­re­sen­ta­tion. All sen­tences will be served con­cur­rently.

The jury were un­able to reach a ver­dict on a sixth count of fraud, which al­leged Al Ishaq used stolen credit card de­tails to buy items to­talling £1,236 from Ar­gos.

JaILeD: Fahim Al Ishaq.

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