Four sentenced for online fraud offences – SEROCU

Wed 07th, Sep

Four men have been sentenced for online fraud offences involving Amazon following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s (SEROCU) Cyber Crime Unit.

Four men have been sentenced for online fraud offences involving Amazon following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s (SEROCU) Cyber Crime Unit.

Ahmad Omari, aged 23 of Tower Road in Twickenham, London; Hugh Raynor, aged 19 of Arden Close in Bristol; Alex Mudge, aged 20 of Willow Road in Bicester and Goncalo Esteves, aged 22 of Cape Close in Colchester all pleaded guilty to various fraud offences at Reading Crown Court on 12 July.

All four men appeared at Reading Crown Court on 26 August for sentencing.

Ahmad Omari, also known as Vinnie Omari, Hugh Raynor and Alex Mudge pleaded guilty to one count conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, contrary to Fraud Act 2006.
Between 2 May 2014 and 15 January 2015, Omari conspired together with Raynor and Mudge to commit fraud by making claims that they were entitled to a refund for goods not delivered or faulty goods ordered from Amazon, intending to make a gain for themselves.

Omari and Goncalo Esteves pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation, contrary to Fraud Act 2006.
Between 22 February 2015 and 30 April 2015 in Colchester, Omari alongside Esteves claimed that an Apple Mac ordered from Amazon had not arrived and that they were entitled to a refund.
Omari and Esteves also pleaded guilty to attempting to commit fraud by false representation, contrary to Fraud Act 2006.
Between 30 March 2015 and 30 April 2015 in Colchester, Omari alongside Esteves, attempted to commit fraud by claiming that an Apple Mac ordered from Amazon had not arrived and that he was entitled to a refund.

Raynor pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation, contrary to Fraud Act 2006.
Between 16 March 2014 and 14 April 2014 in Bristol, Raynor committed fraud by claiming that a Kindle ordered from Amazon had not arrived and that he was entitled to a refund,.
Between 01 January 2014 and 11 May 2015 in Bristol, Raynor committed fraud by claiming that he was the holder of Amazon accounts and entitled thereby to request a refund for goods that he had falsely asserted had failed to arrive.

All four men appeared at Reading Crown Court on 26 August and were sentenced to the following:

• Omari – 13 months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year; 200 hours community service and ordered to pay back £4122.15 in compensation to Amazon;
• Raynor – 12 month community order; 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay back £1976.73 in compensation to Amazon;
• Mudge – six months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year; 150 hours community service and order to payback £1976.73 in compensation to Amazon;
• Esteves – seven months’ imprisonment, suspended for one year; 175 hours community service and ordered to pay back £2145.42 in compensation to Amazon.

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Rob Bryant, from SEROCU’s Cyber Crime Unit; said “This investigation has only been made possible through the relationship built with Amazon and SEROCU’s Cyber Crime unit.

“The investigation has been complex but continues to demonstrate that law enforcement will work closely with all businesses to tackle criminals who are using the internet to commit crime.”