The men and women spent thousands
FOUR men and women have been sentenced after defrauding people and several companies out of over £25,000.
Victoria Ahmed, 26 and Amitab Ali, 30 both from Rochdale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by false representation.
Ahmed received an 18-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work, while Ali received a 12-month custodial sentence.
Tariq Mohammed, 34, Rochdale pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and was given a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
Jade Wasley, 25, also of Rochdale pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and received a 12-month Community Order.
All were sentenced yesterday, Monday (5) at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Between September 2011 and March 2012, Ali and Ahmed used credit card details belonging to others which were texted to them by mobile phone and fraudulently bought goods online and over the phone.
They bought car insurance and parts with Wasley agreeing to have the parts delivered to her house for payment.
Over the six month period, the pair also hired cars, bought a Honda car from a salesman, stayed in hotel rooms, bought food and drink, paid for taxi fares and used it to pay for Ahmed’s home phone bill.
In total, over £22,000 was spent on other peoples’ credit cards.
In November 2011, Ahmed, Ali and Mohammed defrauded an insurance company out of £3367 during a ‘cash for crash’ insurance fraud.
Ahmed claimed her Lexus had been involved in an ‘accident’. Both Ahmed and Ali, who claimed to be the person who crashed into the Lexus, contacted the insurance company and they paid her £1,710 for the damage.
Mohammed claimed that the car was being stored at his business in Rochdale and provided her with a hire car. He charged the insurance company £1,657 for his ‘services’.
Police Constable Andrew Butcher from the Fraud Investigation Team said: “Both Ali and Ahmed spent thousands, living the lifestyle they thought they deserved, using other people’s credit card details.
“They were found out when they were arrested and whilst searching their house car parts were delivered that they had bought using other people’s credit cards.
“They believed they could get more money out of defrauding an insurance company by claiming Ahmed had been involved in a car crash.
“Following our investigation, we discovered paperwork that proved her car had actually been impounded in West Yorkshire during the period she said the vehicle had been involved in the ‘accident’.
“This also proved Mohammed was involved as he sent an invoice to the insurance company charging them for keeping the car and providing a new one to Ahmed.”