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illegal immigrant who took part in a sophisticated credit card fraud to ease his £1.5million gambling losses will be deported to Pakistan after serving three years in jail.
- Shabaaz Ahmed amassed casino debts after his asylum application was refused
- He worked for Nigerian scammers, using stolen cards to fund criminal accounts
- Ahmed admitted conspiracy to defraud at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court
- He was jailed for three years and will face deportation after serving his sentence
An illegal immigrant who took part in a sophisticated credit card fraud to ease his £1.5million gambling losses will be deported to Pakistan after serving three years in jail.
Shabaaz Ahmed, 41, amassed eye-watering debts at the Grosvenor Casino after his asylum application was refused.
Nigerian scammers supplied Ahmed with fraudulently obtained credit cards and ordered him to deposit funds in gang-controlled accounts or buy goods, gold or redeemable items such as gift vouchers.
Ahmed admitted using one of the credit cards to purchase a large quantity of cigarettes and was paid £200 for his participation in the scam.
Shabaaz Ahmed, 41, amassed eye-watering debts at the Grosvenor Casino after his asylum application was refused, Southwark Crown Court (pictured) heard
The card was later found to have spent £9,000 although others were responsible for a portion of that sum.
Ahmed was first arrested in June 2016 but two days later, racked up another £34,000 worth of fraudulent purchases.
Prosecutor Jeremy Rosenberg told the court Ahmed was ‘receiving approximately five fraudulent bank cards a week’ which were then ‘used through a network of individuals’.
He said the fraudster has no immigration status in the UK and has already been served with a deportation notice ordering his return to Pakistan.
‘Mr Ahmed has a clear and expansive gambling habit and the Crown are aware that he has some losses in the region of approximately £1.5million.
‘The Crown are aware that most, if not all, of his profits have gone into the casino.’
Ahmed and a second man, Manikkam Sivakumaran, 42, admitted conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court.
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told Ahmed: ‘You have no right to be in this country.
‘Your application for asylum was refused a long time ago.
‘But you remained here and you became addicted to gambling and, it seems, also addicted to alcohol and to pay your debts you took to fraud.
‘You yourself were recruited to carry out this sophisticated credit card fraud and you in turn recruited at least three others.’
He added: ‘But when police released you on bail, within a day or two you were doing exactly the same thing to the tune of £34,000.’
To Sivakumaran, the judge said: ‘You do have positive good character as I have seen from the references but drink, and I suspect a bit of greed, led you to be tempted to commit fraud.’
Ahmed, of no fixed address, admitted conspiracy to defraud and two counts of fraud.
He was jailed for three years and will face deportation after serving his sentence.
Sivakumaran, of Merton, southwest London, admitted conspiracy to defraud.
He was handed a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement addressing alcohol issues and ordered to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work with 12 months.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Murder suspect, 27, wanted after a 56-year-old businessman was tied-up and shot in the head during an armed warehouse robbery is detained in Pakistan
- Akhtar Javeed was murdered during a robbery at his catering firm in Birmingham
- Mr Javeed, 56, was shot dead at point-black range in February 2016
- Three people have already been jailed in connection with the crime
- Zarif, 27, from Derby, fled to Pakistan several days after the murder
Tahir Zarif, from Derby, is accused of murdering Akhtar Javeed in February 2016 at the victim's catering firm in Digbeth, Birmingham before fleeing to Pakistan where he has been arrested
A 27-year-old man suspected of murdering a businessman in a warehouse robbery has been detained in Pakistan.
Tahir Zarif, from Derby, was being sought in connection with the February 2016 murder of Akhtar Javeed at his catering supplies firm in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, who is leading the investigation, said of Zarif's arrest: 'This is fantastic news for the family of Mr Javeed.
'For the last two years they have been living with the fact that the man suspected of killing him is at large somewhere, but with his detention they are another step closer to securing justice.
'We have been in regular contact with the Pakistani authorities and will continue to liaise with them over the deportation process.'
Three men were jailed in September 2016 for a total of 40 years for their part in the armed robbery that led to Mr Javeed's death.
Zarif is thought to have left Britain via Heathrow airport five days after the killing, in which the victim was shot by a masked gunman at point-blank range.
A trial at Birmingham Crown Court which ended in September 2016 heard how Mr Javeed, aged 56, was tied up and shot in the head after being ordered to open a safe.
Det Insp Corfield added: 'Mr Javeed's family have been very patient and always said they have faith in the justice system to bring Zarif back to the UK to stand trial.
'It was hugely satisfying to break the news to them that our suspect has been detained.'
Akhtar Javeed was tied to a chair during the robbery in February 2016 and shot in the head
Monday, February 12, 2018
notorious fraudster dubbed 'The General' - who built his own 'Buckingham Palace' in Pakistan - are ordered to pay back £13MILLION gained from mortgage scam
- Jailed tax fraudster Mohammed Suleman, from Birmingham, hid his wealth in the UK while building an estate in Pakistan that was modelled on Buckingham Palace
- Three men, including one of his brothers, have been ordered to pay back £13m
- If they don't pay back money from a mortgage scam, they will face more jail time
Jailed tax fraudster Mohammed Suleman Khan (pictured) hid his wealth in the UK while building an estate in Pakistan modelled on Buckingham Palace
The brother and entourage of a notorious fraudster dubbed 'the General' have been ordered to pay back £13million gained from a mortgage scam or face more jail time.
Jailed Mohammed Suleman Khan hid his wealth in the UK while building an estate in Pakistan modelled on Buckingham Palace.
The businessman avoided paying tax and national insurance for a decade.
Two of his brothers, a sister-in-law and two other associates were jailed after using forged financial documents to obtain mortgages for properties they then rented, allowing them to earn huge amounts of money.
Now following an investigation by the Royal Asset Recovery Team, a court has ordered one of his brothers, Shokut Zuman, and two of his entourage, Arshid Khan and Mohammed Mughal, to pay back £13m.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the gang - which also included Khan's brother Shahalam Khan and Zuman's wife Samiah Hanna - built up a valuable property portfolio by 'taking advantage of a buoyant property market' between 2003 and 2010.
They made false declarations to obtain mortgages that they otherwise would have been refused.
Khan's brother Shokut Zuman has been ordered to pay back money gained from a mortgage scam or face more time behind bars
Shahalam Khan, 47, received a five-year term after also being convicted of benefit fraud while Zuman, 43, received a four-and-half-year sentence and Hanna, 46, received a two-year suspended sentence.
Arshid Khan, 47, was jailed for five years while Mughal, 67, was jailed for four and a half years.
The gang used forged financial documents to obtain mortgages on 21 properties in the Bournville, Selly Oak and Moseley areas.
The houses were renovated then rented, mainly to students, allowing the gang to earn huge amounts in rent.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 4, Arshid Khan was ordered to repay £8,010,881 within three months or face a further 10 years in jail.
Mohammed Mughal, 67, (left) was ordered to hand over £1,385,775 within three months or face an extra seven years in prison. Shahalam Khan, 47, (right) received a five-year term after also being convicted of benefit fraud
Mohammed Suleman Khan's brother Zuman was told to repay £4,058,852 within three months or face another nine years behind bars while Mughal, 67, was ordered to hand over £1,385,775 within three months or face an extra seven years in prison.
Detective Inspector Jonathan Jones, head of the Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: 'The trio were ordered to pay back more than £13million.
'This represents one of the team's best ever confiscation results and the conclusion of almost seven years hard work.
'Whilst a significant element of this represents hidden assets, we still expect to enforce the sale of a large number of properties restrained in the UK and raise around £4.5 million.
'Additionally, lengthy sentences were imposed on Khan, Zuman and Mughal, which will further persuade them to pay up any hidden assets.
'This has been a hard-fought Operation which has ended with a spectacular result.'
Mobile phone warehouse worker, 28, who was in the UK illegally ‘planned a suicide bomb attack after the Home Office shut down his bogus college'
- Mohammed Kamal Hussain, 28, lost his visa when 'bogus college' was shut down
- He is accused of collecting bomb-making recipes in order to launch an attack
- He denies preparing acts of terrorism and supporting a banned organisation
A mobile phone worker who called himself 'Captain the illiterate' and planned a suicide bomb attack was in the country illegally after the Home Office shut down his bogus college, a court has heard.
Mohammed Kamal Hussain, 28, was attending a college in Whitechapel, East London, when it was shut down and his student visa withdrawn.
The Home Office wrote to him as an 'over-stayer' but he never returned to his home in Bangladesh, Kingston Crown Court was told.
Hussain is accused of collecting bomb-making recipes in order to launch an attack last summer and had downloaded a picture of the Queen.
He told his contacts he wanted to arrange a 'barbecue party' - said to be code for an attack - and planned to 'do something big.'
Using the name, 'Captain the illiterate', Hussain told one female contact: 'I'm a simple man...I hate the smart people. Inshallah, I will be smart after I go to Paradise...before die, wanna punish some kuffar.'
Asked how he came up with the name, Hussain told the court: 'It doesn't have any meaning, I just liked this name.'
Naeem Mian QC, defending, asked Hussain: 'You are an over-stayer and your passport is with the Home Office?'
'I don't have any option other than to go to Bangladesh,' he said.
Hussain had been living in London for seven years and working in a mobile phone warehouse called the London Magic Store, the court heard.
His plan was to retrieve his passport from the Home Office and travel back to Bangladesh, before going on to Saudi Arabia to wait for 'Armageddon,' he explained.
'I think for us it is better to die in Dabiq, at the end of times,' he said, referring to a town in Syria, prophesied to be the site of the 'last battle' between Muslims and the Romans.
Armageddon, it is the final battle between the Muslims and the Romans. There will be 2,000 soldiers against the Muslims.
'Before that the leader of the Muslims will be the Mahdi and they will defeat the enemy in the East.'
He said that comments about purifying his soul by 'kuffar [infidel] bombs' were a reference to the 'forces of the enemy, the anti-Christ' adding: 'I am talking about the end of times.'
In one conversation with a contact in Bradford on June 4 last year, Hussain told him: 'We should arrange a barbecue party. If we cannot make hijrah [emigrate] then wherever we live fighting is coming upon us.
'World politics says this things. If you live Bangladesh, UK, Middle East, anywhere you go, you have face fight.
'I believe this is the beginning of 3rd world war and it's will be end after killing dajjal [anti-Christ].'
Hussain told the court he talked about barbecues 'when I am really happy'.
His friend noted: 'Brother you said we have to do a very tight plan about our secret thing, otherwise shaheed [martyred] here.'
But Hussain told the court: 'Only plan is to go to Bangladesh and then go to Saudi and wait until the Mahdi comes. There is only one plan. '
He said he collected ISIS publications because 'I consider IS a sign of the end of days and I want to know about their ideology.
He said he read one edition of Rumiyah, which had a guide to knife attacks 'for the ideological matter and their teachings and that sort of things, but I never read how to kill people with a knife.
'It is very silly that I downloaded how to kill with a knife. No one needs to learn how to kill with a knife.'
Hussain admitted that he asked a friend to send him a guide to explosives, but added: 'I was curious, but when she sent it, I lost my curiosity.'
His collection of extremist books were about religion, he said, adding: 'I was seeking the truth, I was never planning an attack.'
But the court was read one entry on Facebook from January 14 last year in which he wrote: 'I don't know who I hate more between shia, Jews and capitalist coz these culprits are champions for their crimes in their own field.'
He told police who asked him about the comments: 'Yes it is my thoughts. I'm Muslim, I shouldn't like everything. I love everything for the sake of Allah and I hate everything for the sake of Allah, that's it.
'This is my simple theory, it is my belief. What is going against Allah's law I hate it. What is, Allah's law, I love it.'
Hussain denies preparing acts of terrorism, support for a proscribed organisation, and two counts of encouragement of terrorism and a friend Mohammed Ashfaq, 31, denies encouragement of terrorism.