October 25, 2018

A fraudster from Bexley, London has been sentenced at the Old Bailey today, after being arrested while staying at a hotel paid for with stolen card details.

Shanjeevan Pearinpanathan, 28, of Hattersfield Close, Belvedere in Bexley, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for two years and 100 hours of unpaid community work, after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation.

He was found to have committed almost £32,000 worth of fraud and £94,000 of attempted fraud between August and October 2017. The fraudster used compromised card details to make online purchases for high value electronic goods and luxury fashion items including designer sunglasses and bags. He also paid for a series of hotel stays around South West London, near Kingston University where he was studying.

The fraud was spotted by investigators at Barclaycard who then referred the case to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a police unit sponsored by the finance industry that targets the criminal gangs responsible for fraud. All victims of the fraud were fully refunded.

The suspect was then arrested whilst staying at a hotel in Brentford paid for with stolen credit card details. Searches of the hotel room and the suspect’s home address then identified a laptop to make fraudulent transactions, a phone linked to the offences, and a number of items purchased with stolen credit card details.

Detective Constable Bryn Jefferies, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, commented:

“This fraudster thought he could live the high life, using money stolen through card fraud to fund his lavish lifestyle.

“Now he’s been brought to justice thanks to close cooperation between the industry and police.

“This sends a clear message to any would-be fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”

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Notes to Editor

  1. For more information, please contact the DCPCU press office on 0207 416 6750 or press@ukfinance.org.uk
  2. The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a unique pro-active police unit, with a national remit, formed as a partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police together with the Home Office. It is fully sponsored by the cards and banking industries, with an on-going brief to investigate, target and, where appropriate, arrest and seek successful prosecution of offenders responsible for card, cheque and payment fraud crimes. It is headed up by a Detective Chief Inspector and comprises officers from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces who work alongside banking industry fraud investigators and support staff. Established in April 2002.