Daily Mirror

Conman who stole £845k from OAP couple is jailed


A FRAUDSTER who posed as a policeman to con a couple in their 70s out of £845,000 has been jailed.

Mohammed Arshad Ajmal, 39, left the couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with £187 in savings after an “elaborate” phone scam.

The couple, of Bournemout­h, Dorset, also face a £221,000 income tax bill as they breached tax laws. “DS Richard Clements BANK SCAM Fraudster Ajmal from Westminste­r Police” contacted them last August. He said their bank details had been stolen and they should move money to a “safe” account and convert cash into gold bullion – arranging collection­s by a courier. Judge Brian Forster jailed “heartless” Ajmal, of Ilford, Essex, for eight years after he admitted fraud and money laundering. Bournemout­h crown court heard the couple’s bank paid back about half of the cash lost.

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