Operation Knock

Investigation into the fraud

 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.”