Conman jailed for three years
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.