Two men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to a £1.3 million fraud crime.
The two men responsible for the fraud are Safi Malik and Mirzar Ahmed. They were sentenced on Friday 10 February 2017.
Safi Malik, 31, from Withington pleaded guilty to 2 counts of fraud by false representation. Malik was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Mirzar Ahmed, 25, from Longsight, also pleaded guilty to 2 counts of fraud by false representation. Ahmed was sentenced to two years in prison.
Malik and Ahmed were targeted as part of a pro-active Operation by GMP’s Fraud Investigation Team. The investigation team was supported by the City of London’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).
Following their arrests police established that they were responsible for committing 90 fraud crimes. These fraud crimes came to the value of £1.3 million.
The pair committed the fraud by hijacking the identities of businesses. They also ordered large amounts of wholesale goods. These good included: alcohol, food, soft drinks and cheese. Various other items from UK suppliers were also ordered.
The two men took advantage of the credit system used by businesses. The costs of the goods were charged to the accounts of the companies – whose identities they were using.
The pair then arranged for hauliers to collect goods and deliver them to various locations across Greater Manchester. This was before they were sold to pre-arranged buyers.
GMP’s Danny Inglis said that GMP is “helping companies to understand the risks that fraudsters pose”.
GMP is encouraging businesses to be watchful, alert and “one step ahead” of those who will try to take advantage.
The sentencing highlights GMP’s efforts to bring justice to the victims of fraud.