Joint Fraud Taskforce calls on the public’s help to catch ten wanted fraudsters

Update - 13 February 2017

James Adam Stagg (30) wanted by Avon and Somerset police, arrested in the Philipines by the Bureau of Immigration on Friday 10 February.

Update - 21 September 2016

Felix Rooney was arrested by Police Scotland on 14th September in Edinburgh. He was wanted by officers from Greater Manchester Police and has since been recalled to prison.

Update - 13 September 2016

Alex McKenzie, was met by Metropolitan Police officers as he disembarked a flight from San Francisco on 13th September. He was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

Update - August 2016

Marius Lucian Anton was arrested by officers in Kent on 20 July as he attempted to leave the UK. In August Anton was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £1,092 during a Proceeds Of Crime Act Forfeiture hearing.

19 July 2016

The City of London Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are calling on the public’s help to catch ten wanted fraudsters who are linked to over £20 million in fraud losses in the UK and abroad.

The ten have been identified through the work of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, an initiative launched by then-Home Secretary, Theresa May in February this year that brings together law enforcement agencies, the financial sector and Government to fight criminals who prey on the public, UK businesses and our economy, and to protect the public from fraud.

The taskforce has been charged with creating a new era of collaboration, resulting in greater shared intelligence, a unified response to, and greater awareness of, the risk of fraud in the UK.

The wanted fraudsters have been identified through the Collective Response area of the Taskforce’s work. This work is jointly led by the City of London Police, in its role as lead force for fraud, and the National Crime Agency.

The ten are being investigated by police forces and Government departments across all areas of the UK and show the scale and breadth of the fight against fraud including how criminals use the internet and global financial systems to commit their crimes and then launder the criminal proceeds.

Law enforcement is working with the banking sector not only to initially freeze then seize their assets but also help investigators trace them. This close partnership between law enforcement and banking ensures criminals are brought to justice and helps to maintain the integrity of our financial system.

The internet has allowed criminals to target people in the UK from anywhere in the world while also enabling them to mask or hide their identity.

The ten are being released ahead of the publication of the Crime Survey of England and Wales on Thursday (21 July) which is expected to show that fraud is the most prevalent crime in the UK. These will be the first full year results that contain questions on fraud and cyber crime. The interim results published in October 2015 indicated that there were 5.2 million frauds and 2.5 million cyber crimes.

Commissioner of the City of London Police Ian Dyson, said “The City of London Police has learnt that the key to combating fraud is Government, law enforcement and business working together to bring criminals to justice and also design out the opportunities for them to commit crime in the first place.

“The Joint Fraud Taskforce is key to this and brings a new impetus to the UK’s response to fraud.

“I would urge anyone who has information on the ten wanted fraudsters to call officers as these people will continue to commit fraud across the globe that cause misery to so many worldwide.

Donald Toon, Director of the NCA’s Economic Crime Command, said: “The annual losses to the UK from fraud are estimated to be more than £190bn. Behind this headline figure lie the actions of criminals like the wanted fraudsters highlighted in this appeal, who have caused distress and loss to people and businesses up and down the country.

“Law enforcement cannot tackle this problem alone. It is only by working together, individuals, law enforcement, Government and the private sector – using structures like the Joint Fraud Task Force – that we can protect the UK against fraud.

“It is important that anyone able to provide information on the ten fraudsters we are highlighting today takes the opportunity to pass that information to law enforcement to help bring them to justice.”

The Joint Fraud Taskforce is:

  • Building a collective understanding of the threat from fraud, including how fraud is enabled.
  • Developing new ways to more effectively identify disrupt and catch fraudsters.
  • Empowering people to protect themselves from fraud through innovative and targeted campaigns.
  • Helping to support those who have already been targeted by fraudsters or those who could be at risk in future.
  • Closing down loopholes and vulnerabilities that allow fraudsters to operate.

Former in February 2016 the Taskforce brings together law enforcement including City of London Police, National Crime Agency, Metropolitan Police Service, and Dedicated Card and Plastic Crime Unit; The Financial Industry including Financial Fraud Action UK, British Bankers Association, Cifas and the UK’s banks, card companies and wider financial institutions who are contributing both through their Trade Associations and as individual companies; and the Home Office for the Government.

Wanted fraudsters

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs appeal for wanted Bollywood movie maker

sandeep aroraDetectives are appealing to trace Sandeep Arora, 42, who is wanted in connection with the evasion of over £4.5 million VAT and Film Tax from HMRC.

Between 2007 and 2011, Arora setup a production company with offices in central London while he lived in Beckton.

He made the VAT and Film Tax claims for films entitled Billy the Beagle, London Dreams, Kuan Bola, Aagosh, Trapped and Kia the Dream Girl, but they either didn’t exist at all or he had no involvement with them.

He is known in the Bollywood Film Industry as Karan Arora and purports to be a Film Producer who makes films in India and Fiji.

Arora is currently believed to be in India, and it is highly likely that he will continue to commit further offences until he is caught.

If you have any information relating to the whereabouts of Arora then please contact the Customs Confidential Hotline on 0800 595 0000.

Alternatively to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A criminal convicted whilst on the run is wanted for a 700k boiler room scam

levi coyleLevi John Coyle, 36, of Colchester, is wanted by the City of London Police for orchestrating a boiler room fraud for which he was found guilty of despite failing to appear at court.

Coyle failed to stand trial at the Old Bailey in September 2013 for selling fake shares and defrauding investors out of £700,000 between 2009 and 2010 whilst he claimed to be a broker.

During this time he cold-called victims to offer stock market shares at discounted prices or for sought after shares that were not at the time available to the general public to buy. However, after paying money, victims never received any share certificates, with the proceeds then being laundered by Coyle.

Coyle was sentenced in his absence to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation and money laundering.

Coyle is subject of a bench warrant for his arrest and his image has been circulated to UK enforcement agencies in a bid to trace his whereabouts.

Joseph Ford, of the City of London Police Fraud Investigation Team, said “We are calling upon the public for their assistance in locating Coyle. Coyle must accept the consequences of his crimes, face the courts and begin his jail term handed to him in his absence.”

Anyone with information regarding Coyle’s whereabouts is urged to call the City of London Police on 0207 601 2222. Alternatively, to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted for defrauding over one hundred bank accounts

faisal buttFaisal Butt, 39 (18/11/1976), of Lahore, Pakistan is wanted by The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) for conspiracy to defraud after compromising over one hundred customer bank accounts, which resulted in the customers having hundreds of thousands of pounds being taken from their bank accounts. Multiple banks were targeted by Butt and his criminal colleagues.

Butt, along with a ‘bank insider’ and a number of others in his criminal gang, were able to pass themselves off as genuine account holders and open joint bank accounts linked to existing customer’s main accounts.

By opening these accounts they were able to obtain credit and debit cards and transfer the customer’s funds into their own accounts or reset the customer’s security details. An ongoing financial investigation is taking place to try and find where the money has been sent to.

Butt was charged with conspiracy to defraud on 31 March 2015 and appeared at the Old Bailey on 19 October 2015. However, he failed to return to court on 29 April of this year and was sentenced in his absence.

Butt is thought to have gone back to Pakistan but subsequently left the country and his whereabouts are now unknown. UK Border Agency checks have been carried out to try and trace him.

If you have information relating to the whereabouts of Butt please contact the DCPCU on 0207 709 6600.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The ​Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a special police unit comprising police officers drawn from the City of London and Metropolitan Police forces. The unit is fully sponsored by the banking industry, and supported by bank investigators and case support staff who have an ongoing brief to help stamp out organised card and cheque fraud across the UK.

Man wanted for defrauding the NHS and Guernsey of over £12 million

bayo anoworinBayo Lawrence Anoworin, 41 (9/8/74), from Lagos, Nigeria, is wanted by Lincolnshire Police in connection with fraud offences and money laundering.

Anoworin, who also goes by several other names (John Bay, Roland Martins, Wemio Adeyemi and Adeyemi Awonorin), was part of an organised crime group which defrauded a number of NHS Trusts in the UK and Guernsey, stealing a total of £12 million and laundering the money between 1 January and 2011 and 31 July 2012.

In September 2011 Lincolnshire Police started to investigate the group and 15 others were arrested. Anoworin was arrested in Abbey Wood, London, on November 2012 and released on bail; he failed to answer his bail and has been untraceable since.

Efforts have been made to find Anowrin, who has strong connections in Chatham and Thamesmead. Enquiries have been made in the area but so far nobody has come forward with information about his whereabouts.

If you have information about Anoworin please contact Lincolnshire Police on 01522 532222.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mobile phone con man wanted

naeem ahmedA criminal who has stolen brand new mobile handsets worth £40k by using fraudulent payment details whilst posing to be a genuine customer, is wanted by Hampshire Police.

Naeem Ahmed, aged 44, of Arden Road Smethwick was charged in connection with 21 fraud offences which he has committed at mobile phone shops between the 14 June 2014 and the 7 October 2014.

He was arrested in October 2014 after mobile phone staff who were serving Ahmad, suspected that he had committed fraudulent activity at store in Portsmouth.

Specifically the offences have been committed in: Portsmouth, Salisbury, Eastleigh, Andover, Bridgewater, Weston Super Mare, Taunton, Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Castleford, Newbury, Fareham, Southampton, Winchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Newport.

On all occasions Ahmed, who is also believed to be using a number of aliases, has obtained in-store mobile phone upgrades and been handed brand new handsets by using stolen customer details.

Ahmed is believed to be in Birmingham or other areas in the west Midlands.

Despite extensive enquiries into locating his whereabouts, along with the UK wide circulation of Ahmed’s image to all police forces, his is still at large.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting ref 44160261412. Alternatively, to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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