Two brothers from East London were sentenced yesterday at Inner London Crown Court after committing £6,000 of fraud.
Abukar Ali Gazali, 24, and Abdulrazaq Ali Mohamed, 21, both of Norwich Road in Forest Gate, Newham, were found guilty of fraud by false representation and using a computer to secure unauthorised access to data. They each received 280 hours of community service, curfew for four months between 8pm and 6am and £500 of costs towards court fees.
The two men used stolen account details to make a series of fraudulent online purchases between November 2015 and February 2016, worth a total of around £6,000. Two other defendants involved in the same case pleaded guilty earlier on in the proceedings. Jaabir Mohamud, 19, was sentenced in June to a 12 month conditional discharge and Yasir Sheik, 25, was sentenced in March to 200 hours of community service.
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.
Detective Constable Jason Bradley-Holden, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, commented:
“These two brothers thought they could get away with committing thousands of pounds of fraud online. Now thanks to close cooperation between Barclaycard and the police, they have been caught and punished.
“This shows that we are successfully targeting the criminal gangs responsible for fraud.”
Notes to Editor
- For more information, please contact the DCPCU press office on 0207 416 6750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, the DCPCU has since achieved an estimated £540m in savings from reduced fraud activity.