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A teenager has been jailed for five years for his part in a telephone fraud in which an elderly man was tricked out of £5,000 saving by thieves posing as police officers.

A teenager has been jailed for five years for his part in a telephone fraud in which an elderly man was tricked out of £5,000 saving by thieves posing as police officers.

Abu Syed, 18, from east London, acted as a courier to collect the cash from a victim in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The victim had earlier been contacted by another man posing as a Metropolitan Police detective who claimed that thieves had infiltrated his bank account. He was then asked to give the police £5,000 for forensic testing in connection with the investigation.

Syed arrived at the man’s home on the evening of February 27 2013 and took the cash, promising that it would be returned. The victim contacted Essex Police when he realised he has been tricked.

After extensive enquiries by a specialist regional team of police officers, set up to investigate similar offences across East Anglia, Syed was arrested at his home in Nathaniel Close, Bow, east London on July 21 2014. More than 200 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, worth about £8,000, was also seized from his home.

Syed was charged with fraud by false representation, possession of heroin with intent to supply and possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

He was also found to have been in breach of two suspended sentences from previous convictions.

He pleaded guilty to all the offences when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday October 3 and was jailed for a total of five years with 21 months being given in relation to the offence of courier fraud. His Honour Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC ordered that the sentence be served consecutively, which means in addition to the sentence for the other matters.

HHJ Goldstaub told him: “You have a lengthy and detailed criminal history; suffice to say this shows you to be, despite your youth, an enthusiastic, sophisticated and accomplished acquisitive criminal. You took a managerial role in the fraud against an elderly gentleman. The had a damaging effect on the man, who has a serious illness His condition was not helped by the stress and anguish that you caused.”

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit taskforce was formed in 2014 to investigate hundreds of frauds and attempted frauds being carried out across East Anglia.

Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who leads the team, said: “This is the first prosecution of people arrested and charged in connection with the phone scams.

Six men, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on September 6, have today (Friday, October 17) been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.

  • Ibrahem Charary, aged 18, from Stanhope Street in North London, received a 12 month sentence
  • Gael Masidi, aged 19, from Royal College Street in North London, received a 12 month sentence 
  • Marlon Thompson, aged 18, from Margery Street, Islington, received a nine month sentence
  • Abdullah Hajji, aged 19, from Flaxmen Terrace, Camden, received a 12 month sentence
  • Langangi Amani, aged 19, from Lloyd Baker Street in North London, received a nine month sentence
  • Rakeem Worthingon, aged 18, from Islington, received a three month sentence – which is to be served consecutively following theconclusion of another sentence he is currently serving.

 

Convicted

Abu Syed

Abu Syed

5 years

Ibrahem Charary

Ibrahem Charary

12 months

Gael Masidi

Gael Masidi

12 months

Marlon Thompson

Marlon Thompson

9 months

Abdullah Hajji

Abdullah Hajji

12 months

Langangi Amani

Langangi Amani

9 months

Rakeem Worthingon

Rakeem Worthingon

3 months

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