Monthly Archives: May 2021

Bank Employee Jailed For Benefit Fraud

The Enfield Independent website reports that a bank employee has been jailed for his role in an organised crime group that committed £385,000 of benefit fraud.

Santino Laskowski was present during an attempt to open an account at a bank branch in Barking using fake credentials and a fraudulently-obtained utility bill.

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Shoplifter Banned From Cumbria

According to the News & Star website, a shoplifter travelled to Carlisle from the North East to steal goods from Tesco worth more than £1,000 on two consecutive days.

Natasha Waddle pleaded guilty to the two thefts – one of £361 on a Monday and then another worth £659 the very next day.

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Santander Worker’s £180k Fraud

The Oxford Mail website reports that an anti-fraud Santander manager has been jailed for 18 months for targeting the elderly and vulnerable customers during a four-year £179,900 fraud.

Charlotte Mills preyed on the accounts of customers, mostly in their 70s and 80s, that she had met at the branch in Abingdon.

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Shoplifters Stole Almost £1bn

The Mail Online website reports that shoplifting has soared to record levels of nearly a billion pounds a year, according to the latest study by the British Retail Consortium.

Customer theft reached £935 million in the year to March 2020, up a staggering 21% per cent on the previous 12 months.

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Hotel Manager Stole £24k For Sex

A former policeman and “sex pest” stole tens of thousands of pounds from hotels to pay for cocaine and his addiction to sex workers and escorts.

Whilst James Hughes as being investigated about stealing £24,000 from a Welsh boutique hotel, he got another job at a London hotel and helped himself to £40,000.

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Fraudster’s Fake Trainer Scam

The Cheshire Live website reports that a fraudster has pleaded guilty after attempting to sell fake branded goods over the internet.

Tanya Fletcher was busted after a trading standard’s team saw ads for expensive ‘branded’ clothing at cheap prices on her social media accounts.

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