Two men were jailed at Preston Crown Court on 25 October, for the part they played in a number of fraud crimes.
30-year-old Saeed Ghani and 42-year-old Atif Mahmood were part of a trio of fraudsters, along with 30-year-old Toma Ramanauskaite – who is yet to be sentenced.
Saeed was sentenced to 7 and a half years after pleading guilty to 3 counts of conspiracy to defraud. Atif was sentenced to 2 and a half years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
The group stole a number of people’s identities in their attempts to steal money and successfully stole a couple’s pension worth around £90,000.
By intercepting people’s post, the group did manage to successfully steal a number of people’s identities, but in some cases were found out before money was taken.
In one of these cases they transferred the land registry deeds of someone’s property into Saeed’s name. They then attempted to sell the £500,000 house at auction, but the daughter of the victim noticed her father’s house was listed on a property website and alerted police.
Detective Sergeant Phil Larratt from GMP’s Fraud Team has released a statement following the sentences:
“Today’s verdict will hopefully send out a message to fraudsters in Greater Manchester that people will receive significant sentences for these types of crimes.
“As this case demonstrates, fraudsters can use your identity details to open new bank accounts, request new driving licences and even try and steal your own home. We urge the public to secure their mail boxes and employ measures to protect their identities”.
The kinds of measures you can take include shredding anything that discloses your details before disposing of it, and keeping a close eye on your bank statements.