Network of organised criminals sentenced to over 18 years in jail for fraud totalling over £310,000

Mon 11th, Jan

Network of organised criminals sentenced to over 18 years in jail for fraud totalling over £310,000

A network of organised criminals committing fraud offences in excess of £310,000, which was unravelled following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), have been sentenced to over 18 years in jail.

The fraud offences involved a total of 34 victims.

Ten people pleaded to, or were found guilty of, a variety of fraud and money laundering offences and were sentenced Lewes Crown Court on Friday (8/1)*.

Operation Knock investigated incidents between October 2013 and September 2014 whereby victims had been told that their neighbours’ property had been flooded with raw sewage originating from under their property. The victims were told that they needed to hire specialist equipment to resolve the issue and to pay a deposit which would then be refunded.

Lead investigator DC Matt Wilson, from SEROCU’s Regional Fraud Team said: “Friday’s sentences reflect the nature of the offences this sophisticated network took part in by intentionally targeting the most vulnerable people.

“This should act as a deterrent to anyone else tempted to earn some extra money by turning a blind eye to these crimes, we will investigate and bring them before the court.”

The incidents took place across the following locations:

Surrey:
Epsom
Leatherhead
Oxted
Guildford

Sussex:
Cooksbridge
Southwick
Burgess Hill
Brighton
Upper Beeding
Crawley
Pevensey
Eastbourne
Uckfield
Sompting
Steyning

Hertfordshire:
St Albans
Stevenage

Devon:
Plymouth

London:
Camberwell
South Woodford
Wimbledon
Morden

*All appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (8/1) and were sentenced for the following:

George Wickens Junior, aged 24, of Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and six years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, to run concurrently.

George Wickens, aged 52, of Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

James Cavanagh, aged 25, of Parklands, Maresfield, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and 30 months’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for money laundering, to run consecutively.

Daryl Hayley, aged 23, of Beeches Way, Faygate, received a six months’ suspended sentence and 80 hours unpaid labour for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.

Paul Bryson, aged 24, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.

Alfie Robinson, aged 23, of Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime and six months’ imprisonment for breach of a suspended sentences, to run consecutively.

Martin Jones, aged 26, of Newbury Road, Crawley, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime and six months’ imprisonment for breach of a suspended sentences, to run consecutively.

Lee Farrington, aged 22, of Churchill Road, Lewes, was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime and 14 months’ imprisonment for a second count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, to run concurrently.

Martin Suckling, aged 52, of Churchill Road, Smallfield, was sentenced to two years for each of the three counts of acquiring criminal property, to run concurrently.

Angelia Wickens, aged 31, of Parklands, Maresfield, received a six months suspended sentence for one count of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.

George Wickens Jnr Jamie Cavanagh Paul Bryson Martin Jones Martin Suckling